Wednesday, March 04, 2015

NYCFIRST FLL UPDATE - Prepping for March 14 Tournament at Javits

Dear Teams,
We are 10 days away and I'm getting some nervous emails from coaches about what they need to know. Please ask me anything and I will answer in the next email.

TEAM INFO SHEET -  ATTACHED
This must be handed in to me or an assistant at the entrance to the pit area which I will be ferociously guarding and will use offensive line blocking techniques to assure each team turns it in -- and those who forget to bring it - don't ask me for a pen to fill out another one. When you hand in your sheet you will get a folder of materials for the day with schedule, etc.
SCHEDULE -
We open the pit area at 8AM. We should be done by 4-4:30.

I have a tentative schedule in spreadsheet form of judging and performance times. I am not sending it out at this time, pending modifications. We will have copies in your folder.

Opening ceremonies are planned for 9:20am, followed by judging sessions.  Performance rounds will begin approximately at noon, with 3 rounds to be completed by each team.

Between arrival and 9:20 there will be a coaches meeting - probably near the playing field.
Also you must see Veryl Green to get your robots inspected. She will either be near the playing field or at her team pit table 9.
You should bring your mats and FSK if you want to practice.
There should be outlets to plug in laptops.
Watching your stuff
Over all my 13 years of being involved I can recall only 2 or 3 instances of something that went missing - a laptop, a tablet. But this is a free entry area with no security so you need to consider how to protect your property just in case.
Phones, tablets, laptops can be tempting targets.
There are hundreds or people milling around.
And a reminder -- few if any chairs - so bring them or bring something to put on the floor for kids to sit on.
You have room in the aisles but table space can be tight.
And share with neighbors.

CHANGES IN SOME PIT ASSIGNMENTS -
Since the last update, I received requests from people to be grouped with sister or brother teams and I tried my best. Last minute requests, with the deadline I had, put too much pressure on my aging brain. See the attached update pit table list. Check for team and school/organization names for errors and get back to me by tonight. Note pits in particular numbers 20, 53, 80 for modifications. I didn't include team names this time but will post on the Norms Robotics blog.
JAVITS GENERAL LAYOUT attached.

Our pits are to the upper right, judging on the lower right and competition area is at the bottom where you see Bleachers. Print out some copies for yourself and parents and colleagues who may be coming.
I sent out the detailed pit map in a recent update -- print that out.
Note the JFLL - ages 6-9 - exhibition area in the middle -- stop by to visit.
FRC
It is important to make this a full learning experience for the kids and having some context will help.
There is a concurrent 3 day tournament going on for the high schools and they get a good deal of space. They are the top half of the map -- their pit area is at the very top and you should try to find some time to take your team on a tour --- you will need safety glasses to get in -- they loan them out at the entrance.
Also watch a few rounds of the competition.
This is the FRC competition - with 6 robots on the field at a time.
Here is a link if you want to school your kids so they know what is happening -- http://www.nycfirst.org/programs/frc





Last year an FTC exhibition was set up in the front of the pit area -- I'm not sure if this is happening again. That competition took place separately. This is also for high schools. You can read about it here: http://www.nycfirst.org/programs/ftc


I'm  embedding the team, pit assignments and school names in this email.

Team#PitSchool/Organization
147631IS 24 MYRA S BARNES
150252IS 24 MYRA S BARNES
15513Home Team
144824PS 33 Chelsea Prep
144835PS 33 Chelsea Prep
32636ST CLARE SCHOOL
32647ST CLARE SCHOOL
32658ST CLARE SCHOOL
10829Brics~2~Bots​
342710FHRL (Forest Hills Robotics League)
342911FHRL (Forest Hills Robotics League)
343012FHRL (Forest Hills Robotics League)
442613PS94K The Henry Longfellow School
442714PS94K The Henry Longfellow School
451815HORACE MANN SCHOOL
484316DALTON SCHOOL
535517RoboMindTech
535718RoboMindTech
172519ELTINGVILLE LUTHERAN SCHOOL
254720West Siders
599721The Chapin School
600022The Chapin School
1345223PS 199 MAURICE A FITZGERALD
1345324PS 199 MAURICE A FITZGERALD
589225Fort Greene Preparatory Academy
1343526Fort Greene Preparatory Academy
589327I.S. 318
957728I.S. 318
199529PS 8 Robert Fulton School
1176530IS 27 ANNING S PRALL
1176631Intermediate School 27
1206332Intermediate School 27
707933LREI (Little Red School House & Elizabeth Irwin High School)
708034LREI (Little Red School House & Elizabeth Irwin High School)
739935Manhattan Youth @ East Side Middle School
1191636Manhattan Youth @ East Side Middle School
1267137Counseling in Schools/ JHS 223
1330938Manhattan Country School
256139IS 119 THE GLENDALE
257140IS 119 THE GLENDALE
1468741Middle School 88 
1524542JHS 216 GEORGE J RYAN
1110743Marine Park I.S. 278
464744Trinity School
464845Trinity School
978646Independent Team
35647Metropolitan Montessori School
76048JHS 67 LOUIS PASTEUR
307149SACRED HEART SCHOOL
244550PS 94 DAVID D PORTER
244951PS 11M William T Harris
1249852THE MICHAEL J PETRIDES SCHOOL
966653Bronxville Home Team
462154E.C.M.S.I.
589155The Science and Medicine Middle School 366
589656The Brooklyn Brownstone School
762057DIVAS for Social Change
765158Grace Church School
847259Blue School
264260Salve Regina Catholic Academy
1364161Cambria School of Excellence
1247862The 30th Avenue School
1371663Public School 11
1432764MS 821 - Sunset Park Prep
1507065IS 227 LOUIS ARMSTRONG
1520166C.S. 300 Spartans Good Shepherd Services
1212767Bronx Task Force
1530868COLUMBIA GRAMMAR-PREP SCHOOL
1523869The Johann DeKalb School 
1164570JHS 185 EDWARD BLEEKER
1148671School of the Future Middle School
1133772Creative Champion Chefs
1088573Riverdale Country School
1008374Friends and family team
1005375East Harlem Tutorial Program
1000576The ROC
984177Dwight School
911478XAVERIAN HIGH SCHOOL
879679Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School
1502980RIVERTON STREET CHARTER SCHOOL



School/Organization Team Name
IS 24 MYRA S BARNES Knights of 24
IS 24 MYRA S BARNES Rogue Knights
Home Team Sonic Gears
PS 33 Chelsea Prep Lightning Blades
PS 33 Chelsea Prep BlizzardBots
ST CLARE SCHOOL St. Clare's Transformers 1
ST CLARE SCHOOL St. Clare's Transformers 2
ST CLARE SCHOOL St. Clare's Transformers 3
Brics~2~Bots​ OptiBotz
FHRL (Forest Hills Robotics League) N3RDY B1RD13S
FHRL (Forest Hills Robotics League) GirlBot
FHRL (Forest Hills Robotics League) NEUROBOTS
PS94K The Henry Longfellow School Dinobots
PS94K The Henry Longfellow School Master Blasters
HORACE MANN SCHOOL Basement Cubs
DALTON SCHOOL Plasma Penguins
RoboMindTech RoboTron1
RoboMindTech RoboTron2
ELTINGVILLE LUTHERAN SCHOOL Eagles
Bronxville Home Team The Bronxville Bookworms
The Chapin School GatorBots
The Chapin School EduGators
PS 199 MAURICE A FITZGERALD Team Omega Ruby
PS 199 MAURICE A FITZGERALD Team Alpha
Fort Greene Preparatory Academy FGPA Ladywolves
Fort Greene Preparatory Academy Nanowolves
I.S. 318 Blood, Sweat, & Gears
I.S. 318 I.S. 318 Bytes
PS 8 Robert Fulton School Mission Masters
IS 27 ANNING S PRALL Mustangs
Intermediate School 27 Mustangs 3
Intermediate School 27 Mustangs 2
LREI (Little Red School House & Elizabeth Irwin High School) LREI 7th/8th
LREI (Little Red School House & Elizabeth Irwin High School) LREI 5th/6th
Manhattan Youth @ East Side Middle School East Side Middle School 1
Manhattan Youth @ East Side Middle School East Side Middle School 2
Counseling in Schools/ JHS 223 Real Steel
Manhattan Country School MCS Robotics
IS 119 THE GLENDALE TopGearz
IS 119 THE GLENDALE SkyTekz
Middle School 88  Masterminds 1
JHS 216 GEORGE J RYAN Ryan Robo-Lions
Marine Park I.S. 278 Marine Park Robotics 3
Trinity School Trinity Gold
Trinity School Trinity Blue
Independent Team The Automators
Metropolitan Montessori School Thunderbots
JHS 67 LOUIS PASTEUR BoogieBots
SACRED HEART SCHOOL FLLASH
PS 94 DAVID D PORTER Galactic Pandas
PS 11M William T Harris Lego Eruption
THE MICHAEL J PETRIDES SCHOOL Robo-Panthers
RIVERTON STREET CHARTER SCHOOL The Owl-Matics
E.C.M.S.I. Team Ecmsi
The Science and Medicine Middle School 366 Lego Legacy 366
The Brooklyn Brownstone School Smartbots
DIVAS for Social Change 6 Robo Rebels
Grace Church School Grace Gremlins
Blue School Work in Progress
Salve Regina Catholic Academy SRCA Royal Sages
Cambria School of Excellence Warbots
The 30th Avenue School Atom Smashers
Public School 11 Mission 11
MS 821 - Sunset Park Prep Robo Panthers
IS 227 LOUIS ARMSTRONG Old Schoolers
C.S. 300 Spartans Good Shepherd Services Luia Marrero
Bronx Task Force Bronx Task Force
COLUMBIA GRAMMAR-PREP SCHOOL CGPS Lions II
The Johann DeKalb School  ROBO WARRIORS 
JHS 185 EDWARD BLEEKER Bleeker All-Stars
School of the Future Middle School SOF Alpha
Creative Champion Chefs Creative Champion Chefs
Riverdale Country School The Millenium Falcons
Friends and family team Flying Bison
East Harlem Tutorial Program The Little Warriors of East Harlem
The ROC The ROCbotics
Dwight School Dwi Sci
XAVERIAN HIGH SCHOOL X-Men
Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School Neon Wolves
West Siders West Side Robsters

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

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