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)

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.