New York Medical College

Community Connection STEP

Medical and STEP students build award-winning robot

Three medical students who are mentors in the College STEP program helped a team of students ages 9 through 14 create a robot that won recognition in the 2004 Challenge of First Lego League International, an annual competition. The goal was to design and build a robot that would offer assistive solutions for disabled persons, such as climbing stairs, retrieving items or delivering food. The group spent nearly four months working to develop their robot, which they named “Scitobor”—robotics spelled backward. Although none of the students had any prior experience with robotics, they were extremely proud when their team placed second in design. “The experience was a good lesson for all of us in creative thinking, problem solving and team work,” said first-year medical student and STEP mentor Jayson Neil.