Horace Mann's premier First Robotics Competition team, est. 2015.
The Basement Lions strive to create an energetic community of engineers who build more than just robots.
Our diverse team of designers, builders, and coders unites in our home tucked away in the school’s basement. There, we spend countless hours tinkering, contemplating, and building in an atmosphere that’s both challenging and inviting.
When six ambitious students decided to start a robotics team, they occupied just a small pocket in the corner of a student lounge. It was not long before the infectious passion of the founding members transformed the space around them; that corner grew large enough to be called a lab. The team's energy continued to spread, slipping through the shop walls and permeating throughout the whole school. Now, having seen robots involved in everything from dance recitals and diversity presentations to murder mysteries, every student is aware of robotics and the power of STEM.
Our students don't only learn about STEM, but are taught as well to apply their newfound talents toward bettering their community. Within our school, we have worked to foster a love for engineering. Our school is home to three FTC teams, two FLL teams, two Jr. FLL teams, and two Robocup teams. Our FRC team provides mentoring to all nine of these teams. Outside of school, our team has worked with underprivileged kids to cultivate an interest in STEM, and has started a robotics program at a camp for bereaved children. We recognize that it is our obligation to apply what we've been given toward making the world a better place.View Projects and Outreach
Mr. Levy works with students to foster both love for and proper practice in engineering. He's master of the shop, but always ensures students are making the decisions.
Fred Levy HM Faculty
Mr. Cook advises the robot design and fabrication process, working closely with our student leadership to ensure success both in learning and competition.
Jon Cook Con Edison
Joshua Gruenstein leads the team with an iron fist and a warm heart. Outside of the shop, Josh enjoys Russian poetry and long walks on the beach.
Joshua Gruenstein Senior
Ben Spector heads our mechanical department, ensuring that all designs are sufficiently explosive. Ben's favorite materials are Chromoly Steel and MDF, taking after his second father Jon Cook. Ben is aso a winner of the FRC Dean's List Award.
Benjamin Frederick Spector III Junior
Michael Truell ensures proper coding practice, version control, and strict adherence to the style guide. In his spare time, Michael enjoys camouflaging into doorframes with his tender, sticky feet, or moonlighting as a carrot in Broadway's "Salade du Jour."
Michael Truell Junior
Christina Lee ensures that the robot gets built, and manages all robot fabrication. In addition, Christina acts as a bona fide Scrum Master, ensuring strict adherence to our kanban board and weekly agile cycles.
Christina Lee Senior
Sophia Schein takes great care in representing FRC 5806 in the real world, whether it be through communicating with corporate partners or fellow FRC teams. Sophia's chemical composition is 95% sodium chloride, making her an invaluable asset to the team dynamic. She also is an active member of our DBT department.
Sophia Schein Senior
Will Golub gets it done. Whether it's paperwork, paperwork, or more paperwork, William will dispose of it quickly and efficiently. A true godsend to the team, we're lucky to have him.
William Golub Sophomore