Tuesday, February 03, 2015

NYCFIRST NEEDS YOU TO VOLUNTEER AS A JUDGE AT UPCOMING EVENTS

A message from Norm Suteria, NYCFIRST Director of Communications:

I was struck by the post-game interview with rookie New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler last night. 

Though completely overwhelmed with emotion and the impact of his accomplishment, he said this: 

"I just had a vision that I was going to make a great play and it came true....it all comes down to preparation." 

Butler's Super Bowl-winning interception at the goal line was a direct result of his hard work and dedication to continuous improvement, both on and off the field. 

He practiced day in and day out and studied game film to decipher and anticipate the offensive moves of the Seahawks.  (This video clip, from a November 2014 visit to Vicksburg High School, also captures his philosophy.) 

Now I think I know what you're thinking: 
What does this have to do with a robotics competition?

Simply this:

We need your time and talents to help NYC FIRST teams have their defining moment as the emerging scientists, engineers and technology leaders of tomorrow. 

As a competition judge, you help participants learn that hard work, preparation and perseverance are valued and rewarded. 

No experience is needed, we welcome all volunteers both non-technical and technical, and training is provided. Breakfast and lunch are, of course, served. 

Upcoming volunteer opportunities for competition judges: 

FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifier
Saturday February 14th
7 a.m.-4 p.m. 
Murry Bergtraum High School 
411 Pearl St. 
New York, NY 

FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifier
Saturday February 21st 
7 a.m.-4 p.m. 
Dalton School Athletic Complex 
200 E. 87th St. 
New York, NY 

FIRST Tech Challenge NYC/LI Championship
Sunday March 1st
7 a.m.-4 p.m. 
NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
6 MetroTech Center 
Brooklyn, NY 

NYC FIRST Lego League Championships
Saturday March 14th
7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Javits Convention Center
655 W. 34th St. 
NY, NY

Please email me if you're interested in any of these opportunities and I'll send you more information.

Warm regards and with much appreciation, 

Norm Sutaria

Director of Programs 
NYC FIRST 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Coach Needed for Brooklyn Middle School to Prep Team for Javits, March 14, 2015


Hello Coaches/teachers,

We are looking for a coach for our Middle School in Brooklyn. The school is located close to the F train at Ditmas Avenue, Brooklyn.

 We need a coach with teaching experience in Lego Robotics, Mindstorm. The team has just won the First Lego League competition and will need to be prepared for the next competition level.  There is a minimum requirement of a BA for this position.  Compensation is $40 per hour.

The schedule is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 2:30 to 5:00 pm and Friday from 2:30 to 4:00 until the end of June 2015. 

If you are interested please submit your resume and cover letter tobeatrice@counselinginschools.org

Thank you,

Beatrice Nanty
Program Director

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Looking for Mom/Daugher FIRST LEGO League Participants

We need your help! FIRST is looking for a mom/daughter team who participate on a FIRST Lego League team, with the mom as a volunteer or coach and the daughter as participant.

Do you know of anyone?

Why are we asking? FIRST is lining up a day of one-on-one interviews with editors at national women and teen/tween magazines slated for Tuesday February 10th in NYC.

The mom/daughter pair would be interviewed in conjunction with Don Bossi, the President of FIRST.

Please email Norm Sutaria, NYC FIRST Director of Programs, at norm@nycfirst.org or call him at (646)580-9749 if you're interested.

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