Wednesday, September 26, 2007

NYCFIRST Update 11: Registration Still Open

Sept. 26, 2007

Total: 179

A newsletter for the NYCFIRST robotics community in New York City and the surrounding area.
If you get doubles of this email let me know.

The NYC/NJ FIRST Web site is at

Register for FLL at:

Check for new info posted Norm's Robotics blog:

This update will be posted on the blog with related photos included.

There is a link at the sidebar on top to the Google spreadsheet with a list of registered teams. Check the coaches listed and send my updates.
I will start adding team names to the 4th column.

Sept. 29 - Saturday: Kickoff at Polytechnic U in Brooklyn

Flyer with pdf attached.

(Maps are posted on the blog)


You do not have to register, but if you are bringing a lot of people let me know how many so I can keep a rough count. Kids/teams welcome. Bring a camera (video if you want to use it with your kids.)

9:00-9:30 AM: Welcome and Introductions
(Pfizer Auditorium)
9:30-10:00 AM: Research Assignment Presentation (Mark)
(Pfizer Auditorium)
10:00-10:10 AM: Keith Wynne will discuss Junior FIRST LEGO for Dec. 2
10:10-10:45 AM: Discussion of current tournament structure (Norm)
(Pfizer Auditorium)
11:00-12:00 PM: Power Puzzle Challenge Overview
(Rogers Hall [RH] - Room 116)
11:00-12:00 PM: Workshop for New Coaches by Vets (see below for list)
(Jacobs Academic Building [JAB] - Room 474)
A workshop for new coaches, teams and vets who want tips and techniques from other coaches.
12:15-1:15 PM: Power Puzzle Challenge Overview
(Rogers Hall [RH] - Room 116)

Veteran coaches workshop for new coaches and vets who want tips and techniques.
Room 474 from 11-12 am.

Maureen Reilly: (here are pics I took in Maureen's class at PS 261 last year)
Will talk about resources online for building ideas for the kids and organizing lessons - the flow of the season, 'Now that I have the team what do I do?"

Veryl Greene:
Will talk about the pros/cons of using the RCX or NXT and the possibilities of combining both systems.

Eric Greene:
Organizing a team

David Mabrey:
Robust robot building

Parking: You can find a spot in the street if you get there early and are willing to walk a bit. South of Atlantic Ave is easier.

There is a garage at the Marriott across the street.

Training for coaches: Note date change

October 13 at NYU – all day training in NXT (tentative).
You will need to bring your robotics kit (not the field set-up) and your software.
Space is limited.

New coaches and vet coaches switching from RCX to NXT will get priority.

Check the norms robotics blog.

Other dates will follow on Saturdays in October, some at Polytechnic U

A Junior FLL (ages 6-9) event will be held in conjunction with the qualifying event at PACE U on Dec. 2. FIRST has opened registration until the end of Nov. Open to all schools. Contact Keith Wynne at:

Election day (Nov. 6) training:
Mike Siegel of Staten Island Tech who is running the SI tournament again this year will continue the tradition of training on this date, most likely in NXT. Details to follow. Priority to SI teams but Mike will take others if there's room.

Mike Koumoulos at Aviation HS, who will be coordinating the Queens qualifying event will be holding training in RCX (and possibly NXT) on Election Day at Aviation HS in Queens.

Have a good day


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