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Westhampton Beach Hurricane Robotics Team 3171

The Westhampton Beach High School Robotics Team, Winners of the SBPLI FIRST Robotics Champions on March 23rd, 2022, has earned the opportunity to participate in FIRST Robotics Worlds Championship in Houston!
Our students have placed in national competitions in the past due to their dedication and commitment and the support of local sponsors. COVID restrictions did not permit school team fundraising for the past 2 years – a key component for FIRST students to attend competitions as they are wholly responsible for hotel, transportation, food, and robotics materials.

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Building A Better & Brighter Future

 Westhampton Beach High School students take part in the FIRST Robotics program, yielding them unique friendships, educational opportunities and technical experiences.

This is our goal

Our team designs, programs, and builds a robot engineered to tackle the tasks of a new game every year and does so in the exciting and incredibly challenging timeframe of just six weeks! Starting with regional competitions we compete against approximately 8,000 teams from around the world involving almost a half-million students in total.

A Leader In The Robotics Community

Team 3171, was founded in 2009 by just a few high school students. Since then, our student-run team has grown exponentially and distinguished itself across the nation and the world. Our coach, Tony Kryl, a 2016 Woodie Flowers award recipient, led our team to the 2013 & 2015 World Championships in St. Louis and the 2018 World Championships in Detroit. FIRST, an international organization founded by Dean Kamen, preaches gracious professionalism, teamwork, and cooperation.

Why Robotics?

To inspire students to be science and technology leaders

The team participates in a competition held by FIRST, a program developed in 1989 to inspire more interest and exposure to the fields of science and technology.  Our team designs, programs and builds a robot that performs an annually assigned task – all in the span of six weeks.  We compete against teams from 25 countries comprised of over 460,000 students.  The process of building and designing the robot is not an easy one.  It has expenses and must be completed within 6 weeks – which flies by fast.  The journey from the first kit of parts and the first blank sheet on the drawing board to the completed robot takes a lot of support.  The kit is only the beginning.  A winning robot requires game strategy, programming, engineering, and manufacturing.  Thanks to the guidance of our award-winning coach TONY KRYL we have built robots that have qualified us for the World Championships in 2013, 2015, and 2018.  Our team needs not only financial support but also mentors with training and experience in computer programming and mechanical design.  We are also fortunate to have benefited from product donations and discounts in the past.  Anything you can do to help us continue shaping the lives of our students would be appreciated!



Our Team at Work

Sponsors Needed!


Building a robot (or two) is expensive! We are actively searching for sponsors! If you would like to sponsor us, please use the contact form below. 

• Business logo or name displayed on banners at all FIRST Robotics
Competitions and team events
• Business listed on website under FIRST Robotics
Competition Team-Sponsors

Past and Current Sponsors

Arthur Ellis Hamm Post 834 American Legion – Bach Grazina East End Orthodontics
Barth’s Pharmacy – Carpet Man – Chick-fil-A – Dragonfly Landscape Design (Nonprofit Hosting) – Eastport Animal Hospital
Enzo Morabito Team – Hampton Dental Group – Hampton Fabric & Blinds LLC
Joe Koziarz Fund Limited – Jon & Barbara Stanat – LPL Risk Management
Marotta Dental Studio – Moriches Bay Towing – Nuts & Boltz Works, Inc
Professional Cleaning People – Quality Enclosures – Riverhead Building Supply
Robert N Kandell Insurance and Financial Services LLC. – Searles Graphics
Southampton Town Police – Tow Boat US – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350
Westhampton Beach Rotary – Westhampton True Value

Robot Build $10,000
SBPLI Competition Fees and Logistics $15,000
Regional Competition Fees and Logistics $15,000
World Championships $25,000


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Hurricane Robotics Booster Club
PO Box 851
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

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Booster Club Officers 2021-2022

Veronique Christensen, Co-President

Jessica Ovanessian, Co-President

Michael Romano, Vice President

Aimee Mattiolo, Secretary

Vincent LoPresti, Treasurer


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Thank You !

To all of our parents, mentors and volunteers: We can’t thank you enough for all of your love, support and guidance. None of this would be possible without you, so thank you for always giving us these amazing opportunities. We love you all.