Tuesday, December 09, 2014

FLL Queens 2015 Qualifer - Jan. 24th, 9-3PM

January 24th, 9:00 - 3:00 at George J Ryan MS 216 in Fresh Meadows, I will host the 4th annual Queens Borough Qualifier.  30 Schools and organizations from Queens will converge on Ryan Middle School for an all day competition focused on Science, technology and Sportsmanship. ... -----Peter Zanthus, pxanthus@gmail.com

Monday, December 08, 2014

FLL 2015 Bronx Qualifier, Feb. 7, 2015, at Horace Mann School

To All Bronx Qualifier FLL Coaches and their Assistant FLL Coaches:

The Bronx FLL (FIRST Lego League) Qualifier is Saturday, February 7th, 2015 @

Horace Mann School 
Fisher Hall Arts and Dining Center
231 W. 246th St. New York, NY 10471

8:30-3pm (doors open 8am).  

Registration is now open.  Due to space considerations the Bronx Qualifier is limited to 20 teams with preference given to Bronx-based teams.

To register follow this link to tekintellect.com.  From the tekintellect.com home page click on the FLL Qualifier link at the top of the page (or manually scroll down to the bottom of the page).  Clicking the Bronx Qualifier 2015 Register Now! button at the bottom of the page will take you to the registration form.

Looking forward to seeing you on February 7th.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The 2015 FLL Brooklyn Qualifier - Registration Opens - From Susan Hermon



Hello Coaches,

The 2015 FLL Brooklyn Qualifier 
will be held:

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 8:00 am-4:00 pm @ NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Brooklyn Campus.

Directions: http://www.poly.edu/node/463

You must participate in a qualifier to be eligible for the citywide competition held at the Jacob Javits Center the weekend of March 13th-14th.

Registration Begins: Nov. 12, 2014 –Jan. 16, 2015
Registration is not complete until the form AND payment has been received.
Registration Fee: $60 per Team
You will be registered in the order in which your payment has been received. Deadline is Jan. 16, 2015
Checks are payable to: NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering/FIRST
Please mail check(s) or Money Order(s) with team number(s) to:
    NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
    Attn: Susan Hermon Room JB257A
    6 MetroTech Center Brooklyn, NY 11201
    You can also make payments by credit card at the registration link below:
     http://www.poly.edu/node/4405

*The team capacity is 45 we have 50 paid registered teams, if you would like to participate at another borough qualifier please send me an email
shermon@nyu.edu.

There is only one borough that has room:
Staten Island Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 @ New Dorp High School.
I will forward your info to that borough organizer.

*Once capacity has been filled and/or you have not registered by the deadline you will automatically be assigned to the Staten Island Qualifier.*

*IF YOU HAVE DECIDED NOT TO PARTICIPATE THIS YEAR LET ME KNOW ASAP*

Tournament Contact: Susan Hermon: shermon@nyu.edu,(718) 260-3524 please contact me with any questions and/or concerns.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

FIRST Lego League Online Workshops - Updated

From Norm Suteria:


Thank you for posting the FLL workshops. 
I've updated the text below to include the Peatix website for each class.

Please feel free to list my name and email address norm@nycfirst.org as contact information.


FIRST Lego League Online Workshops

All workshops begin at 4 p.m. and will utilize a Google Hangout. Please register via Peatix, which is free, to receive the URL.  

Introduction to Lego NXT and EV3 Software


Tuesday November 25, 2014
4 p.m.

The team will cover an introduction to the NXT and the EV3 software, the basics of building a simple two motor robot vehicle and an overview of the 2014 FLL WORLD CLASS Challenge.

Make it Move and Make it Sense!

Tuesday December 2, 2014
4 p.m.

Introduction to basic programming including motor and sensor programming, how to move the robot, different methods for steering and how to use the various sensors.

Loops, Switches and Large Programs


Tuesday December 9, 2014
4 p.m.

Advanced programming: how to use switches and loops and making large programs into smaller ones using these constructs. 

FLL Open Session: What do you want to know?

Tuesday January 6, 2014
4 p.m.

OPEN SESSION -  This session's content will be driven by the requests of teams and will also feature a short review of the challenge and several approaches to the challenge.



Sunday, November 09, 2014

Upcoming Robotics Clinics and Forums for FLL and FTC

From Susan Hermon:
Sat., Dec. 6th, 10 am-2 pm @ 100 Clermont Avenue, Brooklyn, 11205 (Open to all)
Sun., Dec. 7th, 10 am-2 pm @ 93-02 69th Avenue, Forest Hills, Queens 11375 (Open to Queens teams only)
Please note that due to limited space only the first 15 teams to register will get a chance to attend the clinic, the rest will be put on a wait-list.

Register at: http://bit.ly/1tJvx7V

======
From Norm Suteria and Dominick Dennisur

Please see the dates listed below with short descriptions. Each session will in total last an hour. The sessions will be comprised of the content detailed in the description for 30 to 40 mins then this will be followed by 20 to 30 mins of an open questions and answers. Teams will also have the ability to send in suggestions regarding the content that should be presented in the latter sessions.


FLL Google Hangouts/Forum

November 25:

The team will cover an introduction to the NXT and the EV3 software, the basics of building a simple two motor robot vehicle and an overview of the 2014 FLL WORLD CLASS Challenge.

December 2:

Introduction to basic programming including motor and sensor programming, how to move the robot, different methods for steering and how to use the various sensors

December 9:

Advanced programming, how to use switches and loops and making large programs into smaller ones using these constructs

January 6:

OPEN SESSION -  This session's content will be driven by the requests of teams and will also feature a short review of the challenge and several approaches to the challenge.

FTC Google Hangouts/Forum

November 19:


This will cover the basics of NXT Lego Brick, Basics of  Sensors and motor programming and also introduce the teams to the FTC problem statement and challenges. 

November  26:

This will introduce the teams to advanced concepts of RobotC  programming like encoders and joystick interface used to model the manual control of the Robot.

December 3:

This will introduce the teams to the challenges and tricks to program the autonomous behavior of the Robot and also introduce the idea of programming the Robot to Read IR beacon values which are used to model the autonomous behavior of the Robot.
December 10:

This will Focus on skill set required to complete the building and programming  of a fully functional ROBOT to participate in FTC, Interfacing and programming the Tetrix parts (Servo controller and DC motor Controller) and also simulate the code on Robot Virtual World.


Dominick Dennisur
Project Manager
NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
NYC FLL & FTC Planning Committee

Stay current:  Facebook / Google+ / @NYUPolyK12STEM / NYC FIRST

Thursday, October 09, 2014

STEM WORKSHOP and PD @ SI TECH for Elementary and Middle School ELECTION DAY - NOVEMBER 4TH 2014 8am – 2:30pm

Staten Island Technical High School
 
485 CLAWSON STREET · STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK 10306 · (718) 667-3222

Joe Manzo A.P. CTE
 
                                                                                                                                        Mark Erlenwein Principal
                               
To reserve a seat, Contact Steve Raile ;    sraile2@schools.nyc.gov
                                                
STEM WORKSHOP and PD @ SI TECH for Elementary and Middle School
ELECTION DAY PD - NOVEMBER 4TH  2014       8am – 2:30pm
The Day’s Events:
WELCOMING BREAKFAST (PROVIDED)
INTRODUCTIONS & NETWORKING
STEM vs. STEAM,  BUILDING A BASIC ROBOT with BEST PRACTICES and interactive Q&A
HOW TO PROGRAM AN NXT, DEMONSTRATIONS by S.I.T.H.S. STUDENTS
T.V. STUDIO AND MULTI MEDIA LAB TOUR
STEM FOR ELEMENTARY PROGRAMS BREAKOUT
STEM FOR INTERMEDIATE PROGRAMS BREAKOUT
LUNCH (ON OWN)
FLL 2015 GAME AND RULES, SCRATCH PROGRAMMING
Q&A, TIME FOR INDEPENT AND GROUP EXPLORATIONS

THE PD PRESENTERS:
S. RAILE –ENGINEERING TEACHER, FORMER FLL COACH, FRC MENTOR, ZERO ROBOTIC COACH, CTE
P. LOCKHART - P.S.57, SCIENCE AND STEM TEACHER, FLL COACH
J. BURO - CAD TEACHER, FORMER FLL COACH
F. PORTELOS - STATEN ISLAND FLL DIRECTOR
E. HENRIQUES - ENGINEERING AND CAD TEACHER
A. BARONE - CAD TEACHER, COMPUTER SCIENCE
M. WANTOWSKI - ELECTRONICS TEACHER
J. JAX - PHYSICS TEACHER, COMPUTER SCIENCE, CTE LEADER
M. VAN BUREN - T.V. AND MULTI MEDIA STUDIO
S.I.T.H.S. STUDENTS - STUDENTS FROM VARIOUS ENGINEERING TEAMS

Friday, October 03, 2014

NYCFIRST FLL Rookie Workshops at NYU/Poly

Hello and Welcome to the 2015 FLL season!!!

I know you all should be well on your way with getting your teams ready and started for what should be an interesting competition.

At last Saturdays FLL kickoff we discussed there will be 2 rookie workshops and a clinic hosted by NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering in Brooklyn.  Note each workshop is the same no need to attend both dates; however the clinic is a different profile please read the registration form.

As registration comes to a close and payments are received by US FIRST each borough organizer will contact you with updated details regarding your borough qualifier.  Note: we are just waiting for an official list.

In the meantime take advantage of the free resources that are available.  

Register here for the workshops:



Best Regards,

Susan Hermon 
Program Coordinator
K12 STEM Education Center @ NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering 



Sat, Oct. 11th, 10 am-4 pm
Sun, Oct. 19th, 10 am-4 pm



Sun, Nov. 23, 10 am-4 pm

 
 

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)