South Orangetown Central School District

The #SOCSDMentorMonday Facebook campaign highlights community members who directly mentor students on a sustained, voluntary basis through our schools. Through their dedicated volunteerism, mentors offer students meaningful opportunities to explore interests and career pathways–and to develop real world job skills.

As a SO BOTZ mentor at Tappan Zee High School, Telemetrics Design Engineer Ed LoPresti lent his expertise in robotic camera control systems to help software team members develop vision processing capabilities for Cerberus, their 2019 competition robot. “The FIRST Robotics Competition program inspires innovation and gives young people opportunities to apply their academic knowledge. As a mentor, I help students learn real world job and life skills,” Ed notes.

Ed worked closely with senior Jude P., the team’s Build + Programming Co-Manager. “By working with Ed, I had the opportunity to experience the thought process of an engineer,” says Jude. “Thanks to him, I could understand and use an empirical approach to solve the challenges that I encountered during our robotics season.”

The #SOCSDMentorMonday campaign will extend throughout the spring. Interested in mentoring students in your field of expertise? Contact Family Engagement Center Coordinator AJ Walker at

Male mentor sitting on floor with student with robot in foreground