Tuesday, June 17, 2014

FIRST Global Community Conference in Cape Cod

Registration for FLL World Class challenge has been open for over a month, but to the NYCFIRST FLL crew here in NYC, attending the conferences is the true opening of the season. We have 6 people up here, including 2 Vista workers. There are hundreds of people from most of the states and from many areas of the world. All divisions are represented here -- FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST LEGO League and JR FLL.
Last night we had a motivational speech from Dean Kamen and we're rarin' to go.

Now, we're at a session regarding girls in STEM -- let's aim for some diversity when forming teams.

Tomorrow we get to see a preview of the challenge, but as usual, if I say something I'll have to kill you. See the teaser here.

It's the last few weeks of schools for public schools and a chance to register and get some dough out of your principal before school closes. Registration may be more complicated for a number of reasons, so check it out and don't leave it to the last minute.

Monday, March 31, 2014

NYCFLL UPDATE - March 29, 2014 - Pit map attached


Dear Teams,


Well, thanks to all who have responded to my email posted at NYCFLL UPDATE: March 25, 2014.
Please make sure to read it as there is some info you will need.

Please make sure to include your team number in any response to facilitate record keeping.

We are a week away and some of you are not showing me the love by responding to my emails. Do I have to get cousin Vinny to track you down? The reward for those responding is your pit number - see below.

I am assigning pit numbers as your responses come in to make it easier for me to keep track of which teams I have to reach out to. See below for your pit and team number. If there is a blank next to your team # that means you have to touch base with me.


There will be 3 rounds. Judging doesn't start early this year so that will relieve the rush.

Only 2 children allowed in on Tech presentations.

My cell: 917-992-3734 - touch base during the day if you need to - leave a message since there is so much noise - with your name, pit number so I can find you.



If you want to be near another team email that info ASAP.

If you want to change your team name this is the last chance.

I am sending an attachment with the pit table layout.
And another team info form for you to print out and hand in upon arrival.

I will send another bulletin before next week so be on the lookout -- you won't have to respond to me on that one.


A few questions that came in:


Times: Javits doors are open early but we don't open the entry to the tournament until 8AM. When does it end? 3-4PM range - closer to 4. We have an awards ceremony that takes a bit of time. Some teams leave before due to bus obligations and the kids miss out on it. If you win and are not there you will be notified.


Medals: We give each child who shows up a medal -- usually right after lunch. No medals for coaches, parents etc. We do this by calling up pits in groups of 10 so be on the alert. Also - if they twirl medals the ribbon comes off -- be careful.



Food - they sell stuff at Javits but not cheap. Bring your own if you want but be judicious about making it obvious. A few years ago there was an issue over bringing stuff in - once at your tables it was OK - but no problems recently.
Some order pizza from the neighborhood and meet the delivery guy at the door. Others go out - check area restaurants in advance.


Parking - not much street parking at all -- there are lots and prices vary - check online - there are coupons - some lots declare this an event day and bump prices.


If you have more questions, ask.
 
I am not including the pit assignments on this blog as I have to send out a final updated list.
 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

NYCFLL Javits Communique - February 26, 2014

NYCFLL Javits Communique - February 26, 2014

Dear Teams,

Congratulations on your advancement to the NYCFLL Championship to take place Saturday, April 5, at the Javits Convention Center.

I will be communicating with you over the next 6 weeks and provide you with the information you need and also to answer any questions you have.

There is no formal registration process other than a response that you have received this email with the updated information we are requesting. There is also no fee.

I will be posting all the communiques related to the April 5 event and other information on the Norm's Robotics blog, http://normsrobotics.blogspot.com

You must  respond to this email so I know you've received it. If all information is correct. You must  include your team number, school and any updated information regarding the coach's name and contact information in your response so I don't have to hunt all over to match your email to the spreadsheet.

A list of the 76 75 competing teams can be found below and on my blog (FLL Teams at NYC Championship at Javits, April 5, 2014) sorted by borough. It includes team #, school or organization, team name, and the name of the coach - which may not be accurate as it's based on the original registration spreadsheet.

If you are not the team contact for the event let me know ASAP with the updated info and please forward this email to that person and have him/her contact me.
We are also asking all teams to provide us with a cell phone number where we can reach you on April 5 during the tournament - ie - if the judges want your team to report or if issues arise.

You will be pre-assigned pit numbers and be sent a form to fill out that you hand in before you enter the pit and go to your assigned table. (That is the only way we know you have arrived.)

I will also start sending you specific information as I get it beginning about 2 weeks before the event. I will also post all information on the blog.

Include the following information in your response if it differs from the spreadsheet below:
Team number _____
School _________
Team Name _________
Coach name ____________
Cell phone # ______________

That's all for now.
Note: you will receive a copy of this email for each team you have entered at Javits.

If you have questions email me at: normsco@gmail.com or call 917-992-3734

Norm Scott

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Staten Island Tournament Results - all teams listed go on to Javits Finals April 5, 2014

Francesco Portelos who ran the tournament sent in these results.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Team Name Award                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

IS 24 Knights of the Olde Republic Gracious Professionalism Award                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

PS 57 Robotics Team Research Award                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Parks Department Marauder Bots Innovative Solutions Award                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Eagles Inspiration Award                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

IS 27 Mustangs Advance to Finals                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

IS 27 Mustangs 3 Mechanical Design Award                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

St. Clare's Transformers 2 Inspiration Award                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

St. Clare's Transformers 3 Champion's Award and 2nd Place Robot Performance Award                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Petrides Robo-Panthers 1st Place Robot Performance Award                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Xaverian Genesis 1 Teamwork Award                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Xaverian Genesis 4 Strategy and Innovation Award