Sunday, September 28, 2014

NYCFIRST LEGO League Kickoff - Photos


I had a great time yesterday at NYU/Poly on Jay Street at our annual FLL kickoff. We have about 170 NYC teams registered so far for the Challenge which is called World Class, all about learning. Kids not only build a robot for the game field - below - represent different styles of learning - but also do and present an extensive research project on the subject.

Teams spend  the next 3 months prepping. Borough qualifiers take place in January. Finalists go to citywide event at Javits on the weekend of March 14. The winner of that may be eligible to go to international event in St. Louis in late April.

I've been working with NYCFIRST since practically the day I retired - actually from that first day in Sept. 2002.




The amazing Rich Wong - engineer and teacher extraordinaire

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NYCFIRST Borough Qualifier Contacts

Brooklyn: Susan Hermon shermon@nyu.edu
Qualifier: Sunday Jan. 25 at Poly/NYU in Brooklyn (Date not confirmed yet.)

Queens: Peter Xanthus ptx79@aol.com


Staten Island: Francesco Portelos mrportelos@gmail.com


Bronx: Albert Davis albertdavis3@gmail.com


Manhattan: Ivan Estevez FLL.CCNY.Organizers@gmail.com
 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NYC FIRST LEGO League Kickoff Sat. Setp 27, 10AM




Saturday September 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Polytechnic Institute of NYU
6 Metrotech Center Brooklyn, NY 11201

Agenda:
10:00-10:20 AM: Welcome & Introductions (Pfizer Auditorium, 5 MetroTech Center)
10:25-10:40 AM: World Class Learning Unleashed Overview (Pfizer Auditorium)
10:45-11:45 PM: Rookie Team Workshop (How to organize your team, project overview; game strategies, robot design, & NXT software tips) (JAB - Room 474)
10:45-11:45 PM: Judging Workshop (JAB - Room 475)
11:00-1:00 PM: Game Overview (All Teams) (Rogers Hall [RH] - Room 116)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NYCFIRST - Registered and Partially Registered Teams as of Sept. 10, 2014

Note your team number - Numbers over 5 digits (in red) means you have not completed the registration process. Teams in blue are OK. Teams in red must complete the process or will be left out when registration closes - which is getting close.


Team Number Team Name
356 Thunderbots
760 BOOGIEBOTS
907 76ers
1082 CyberBots
1318 Techno Tigers 
1551 Sonic Gears
1725 Eagles
1995 Mission Masters
1996 Robo Rulers
2149 ROBO ZOO
2445 Techno Pandas
2449 PS11 TEAM ONE
2476 Ps11 team two
2495 Marine Park Robotics 1
2547 The West Side Robsters
2561 TopGearz
2562 SuperBotz
2571 SkyTekz
2642 SRCA Royal Sages
2653 Quantum Club
2762 RA Tech Titans
2793 Marine Park Robotics 2
3071 FLLASH
3263 St. Clare's Transformers 1
3264 St. Clare's Transformers 2
3265 St. Clare's Transformers 3
3412 Packer Collegiate
3427 FHRL-FLL1
3429 FHRL-FLL2
3430 FHRL FLL3
3431 FHRL-FLL4
3432 FHRL-FLL5
3433 FHRL-FLL6
3526 PS 503
3780 Innovators
3786 PS 57 R Robotics
4426 Dinobots
4427 Master Blasters
4518 Basement Cubs
4621 Don't Know
4647 Trinity Gold
4648 Trinity Blue
4839 Dalton 1
4843 Dalton 2
5355 RoboTron 1
5357 RoboTron 2
5485 Garden Griffins
5678 Trans FLL
5891 Lego Legacy 366
5892 FGPABYTES
5893 Blood, Sweat, & Gears
5895 Madibabots
5896 Smartbots
5898 n/a
5997 Chapin Bots Team 1
6000 Chapin Bots Team 2
6392 RoboTigers
6593 RSS Lions
6735 Amity
7079 LREI 7th/8th
7080 LREI 5th/6th
7399 Manhattan Youth @ ESMS
7611 Ella Baker Robotics
7620 DIVAS for Social Justice
7638 IS 276 Chargers
7651 Grace Gremlins
8008 PS397
8376 Cougarbots
8472 Blue School
8648 Brooklyn Lab Team 1
8796 Brooklyn Lab Team 2
8798 Brooklyn Lab Team 3
8799 Brooklyn Lab Team 4
8971 The hawks will eat your Lego 
9026 Banneker Bots
9109 Genesis 1
9112 Genesis 2
9113 Genesis 3
9114 Genesis 4
9145 ABC-Healy Robotics Club
9577 I.S. 318 Bytes
9582 New Heights Robo-Hero's
9786 The Automators
9788 Stanns
9841 Dwi Sci
10005 The ROCbotics
10016 P.S. 213's Lego Dream Team
10053 The Little Warriors of East Harlem
10083 Flying Bison
201400592 B.R.A.T.S.
201401316 Norms Robot
201401573 Molecules
201403448 RoBosses
201403608 30th Avenue School Team One
201403611 30th Avenue School Team Two
201403612 30th Avenue School Team Three
201403613 30th Avenue School Team Four
201403824 Knights of 24
201404041 Mustangs
201404179 Cyber Camp First Lego Team
201404372 MasterMinds
201404376 Robo-Panthers
201405192 MasterMinds2
201405574 RoboWarriors
201407199 Robo Galz
201407257 Robo Fusion 192
201407789 robo hawks
201407798 STEAM Powered
201408533 WOLFBYTES
201408561 JHS 223
201408747 RobotICS
201409513 CAS Milbotics
201410269 Manhattan Youth at Quest to Learn
201410292 Manhattan Youth @ Clinton
201410384 LeaderBots
201410882 IS 223
201410947 I.S. 5 Robotics
201411712 CGPS
201411767 PS 1 Lighthouse
201411769 PS 1
201412333 TEKbotics
201412518 SOF 
201412531 SOF II
201412913 Bronx Task Force
201413682 Mustangs 2
201413720 Robotronics
201413793 Bleeker All Stars

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NYCFIRST Kickoff - Sat - Sept. 27

The first event of this season will be our kickoff on September 27th at the NYU Polytechnic School Of Engineering in Metrotech, Downtown Brooklyn. I will post the exact start time when I have it -  we are planning to offer a rookie workshop, a game reveal and review, as well as a research judging workshop.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

FLL Registration: HOW TO DO I COMPLETE THE SCREENING?


HOW TO DO I COMPLETE THE SCREENING?
1.  Select the FLL program registration link                  FIRST LEGO League
2.  Log into the Team Information Management System (TIMS) with your user name and password.
3.  Open the attached PDF file.   These screen shots will help guide you through the process 
FREQUENTLY ASKED SCREENING QUESTIONS:
Why am I being asked to supply a Social Security Number?
Social Security Numbers are not required.  Simply check the “No SSN” box and continue.
I heard that I will have to pay for this screening, how much is it?
Payment is not required.  There is an option to donate ($2.50), but certainly not required.  Simply select “Not at this time.”
What is a Fast Pass and why do I need it?
Fast Pass is optional. If you volunteer for any other organizations on the Verified Volunteers platform you could share your background check with other organizations.  Without the Fast Pass you are limited to a single sharing of your background check.
If this of no interest simply select the “No” option.
How often will I have to be screened?
If you are registering multiple teams, teams for more than one FIRST program, or plan to volunteer at events, you will only be screened once.  Screening is valid for 3 years.
I was screened by my employer, does that meet the requirement?
If you were screened within the previous 24 months you may submit that report via email (safetyfirst@usfirst.org) or fax (603-666-3907) in lieu of the FIRST Youth Protection screening.  Once we have reviewed the report we will manually change your screening status.
TWO COACH REQUIREMENT - QUESTION
I am having a difficult time finding another Lead Coach, suggestions?
When recruiting your second Lead Coach remember to let them know that they do not have to be at every meeting.  Certainly if your team meets at school they may not ever come to a meeting but will serve as a backup contact for FIRST.
If you are recruiting a parent volunteer, remember that the extent of their involvement is negotiable.  They may attend occasionally but mainly be in charge of scheduling other parents or volunteers to help you at team meetings.
If don’t know who the parents will be yet, you can always invite someone who is willing to be the named Lead Coach temporarily.  You can always invite a replacement Lead Coach once you have had a chance to meet the parents.
Thank you for supporting FIRST Programs!
Lee


Lee Doucette
Youth Protection Program Manager

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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