About

The Bot Mitzvahs are one of four FTC teams at Gann Academy. We are the only female-identifying team.

The Bot Mitzvahs – Background Information

The Bot Mitzvahs (FTC Team 5486) was founded in the Fall of 2018 as Gann Academy’s female-identifying Robotics team. The team was created to signal to female-identifying-students that Robotics was something they can do.

The Bot Mitzvahs create a safe space for female-identifying-students to come and learn the key elements of Robotics in an inclusive and supportive environment. As a team, we work closely with the other teams at Gann Academy, as well as our amazing Robotics coaches.

We are relatively new to FTC. As of the Spring of 2020, we had only been a team for two years. We have overcome a lot of challenges over our first two years, such as starting off as a rookie team without any prior experience, and struggling to be taken seriously in a male dominated setting.

As of the Winter of 2020, all of our Junior and Senior members have taken a class in the Computing, Design, and Fabrications (CD&F) department, or an extracurricular Math class at Gann Academy. This has been a great step up from the previous year, tremendously improving our team’s ability to generate design ideas, and giving us a deeper understanding of Robotics as a whole. 

Our team members have a diverse set of skills. We find ways to use our different strengths, and to improve the areas in which we have difficulty. What really makes our team great is that everyone wants to be there. We all joined Robotics to learn and have fun. 

What We Do

Design and build functional Robots according to FTC guidelines

Interact with mentors and other teams

Provide a supportive environment for female-identifying students to learn about Robotics

Compete in FTC competitions

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History

2020 – 2021
The Bot Mitzvah’s third year. We had six team members.

Team members (in alphabetical order):

Aviva Stein ’21

Danika Lipchitz ’23

Debbie Lilly ’21

Iris Bassin ’23

Jac Mitzenmacher ’21

Talya Abrams ’21

Yonah Kalikow ’21

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2019 – 2020
The Bot Mitzvahs’ second year. We had seven team members.

Team members (in alphabetical order):

Aviva Stein ’21 (Captain & FTC Dean’s List Semi-Finalist)

Debbie Lilly ’21

Iris Bassin ’23

Jac Mitzenmacher ’21

Miranda Karger ’20

Miriam Rich ’21

Yonah Kalikow ’21

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2018 – 2019
The Bot Mitzvahs were founded in the Fall of 2018. We had five team members.

Team members (in alphabetical order):

Aviva Stein ’21 (Co-Captain)

Avi Kamen ’21

Eden Kohane ’20

Miranda Karger ’20 (Co-Captain & FTC Dean’s List Semi-Finalist)

Yonah Kalikow ’21


Years

2



Team Members

6



Robots Built

2



Mentors

3



Past & Present Team Members

11


Website created by Aviva Stein for the Bot Mitzvahs