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Earlier in the year, we announced that in order to compete at the New York City FIRST LEGO League Championship at Riverbank State Park on January 26, 2008, NYC FLL teams must first qualify at one of five qualifying tournaments being held in the boroughs beginning December 1, 2007.
Please see our complete announcement on this matter which was sent to teams and posted on our website at: http://nycnjfirst.njit.edu/fll
To reiterate, teams that do not qualify at a borough qualifying tournament will not be able to compete at the citywide championship. NO EXCEPTIONS. In addition – New York City FIRST will not be offering any other additional events for teams that fail to compete at the qualifying tournaments.
In order to qualify and compete at the 2008 New York City FIRST LEGO League Championship, a team must:
1. Be based within the five boroughs of New York City;
2. Compete at one of the five borough qualifying FLL tournaments;
3. Win at least one of the six awards (any place) given out at their borough qualifying tournament.
The following awards will be given out at each tournament:
1. Directors Award
2. Robot Performance Award
3. Project Award
4. Teamwork Award
5. Robot Design Award
6. Judges' Award
The number of places for each award (i.e., 1st, 2nd, etc.) will be based on the planned size of the borough tournament such that the number of teams advancing from each tournament will be roughly proportional to the tournament's size. A total of 86 awards will be given out at the five borough tournaments, thereby qualifying up to 86 teams to compete at the New York City Championship. Judges will be using the standard judging criteria for each award as explained in the coaches' manual as well as outlined on the firstlegoleague.org webpage: http://www.firstlegoleague.org
If your team is not yet registered for a borough qualifying tournament, please do so right away.
For a calendar of tournaments and to register for your team's borough tournament, please see http://nycnjfirst.org/newslette
ONLY TEAMS WHO TAKE PART IN A QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR FUTURE FIRST SPONSORED ACTIVITIES.
Yes, there may be life beyond the citywide Riverbank tournament, most notably at the Javits Center in early April. Even teams that do not make it to Riverbank will be eligible but ONLY IF THEY TOOK PART IN THE QUALIFIERS.
We know the timetable is tight this year and we will work to make adjustments next year. But no matter what the state of your team at this time, make sure to….
Register for borough qualifying tournaments:
DON'T GET SHUT OUT
Are you having difficulty with certain tournament dates?
CALL ME AND WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO WORK OUT AN ALTERNATE DATE: 917-992-3734
There is a $30 fee for registering. This fee covers the local costs for building the tables, food for volunteers, etc. The rest of the items like trophies and tee shirts are covered by NYCFIRST, which does a massive job of local fund raising to cover the costs of Riverbank, Javits, etc. That is why there will be No fee at Riverbank on Jan. 30
What happened to the $250 registration fee you paid when you first registered?
That money has nothing to do with the local events and is used by FIRST nationally to support all its activities.
To Register for Qualifiers
Send team number, school, contact, email, cell # to
Sunday, Dec. 2
* Manhattan: Pace U, Dec. 2 (Sun) Catherine K. firstname.lastname@example.org and cc: Hans Zhou email@example.com
Saturday, Dec. 8
* Brooklyn Tech: Dec. 8 Ruwan: firstname.lastname@example.org and Boris: email@example.com
Saturday, Dec. 8
* Bronx: Lehman HS, Dec. 8: Gary Israel: Ggimhs@aol.com
Saturday, Dec. 15
* QUEENS: Aviation HS, Dec. 15, Michael Koumoullos at firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com. (917) 208-5629
Saturday, Dec. 15
* Staten Island: Dec. 15 Dennis Giurici at Staten Island Tech 718.667.5725
To assist judges we urge teams to bring with them either printouts of their robot programs or a laptop with the programs already loaded when entering the judging room. Technical judges ought to be able to see teams' programs and ask questions about them.
Rick Kline from PACE U writes:
On page 66 of the coaches' handbook, it suggests this -- twice! -- Under technical judging:
"We recommend that your team brings a print-out of its best programming, to leave with the judges. This gives the judges a sample of your team's work that they can reference during their judging deliberations."
And in a sidebar:
"Tip! Have a copy of your latest programs printed out to give to the judges. Choose a section that is easy to follow but highlights some difficult problem you overcame. ... Make sure your team name and number are on the printout ... "
NOTE TO ALL COACHES
You are welcome to bring your teams as observers to all qualifying events and the citywide.
We can really use your help as judges at tournaments you are not directly involved in.
List of all registered teams can be accessed at:
Please check to see that the info is correct. If you have teams listed that are not competing let me know ASAP.
Compiled by Norm Scott
NYCFIRST Registration coordinator
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