Tuesday, March 11, 2008

NYCFIRST Update 23: Sixty Teams for FLL at Javits April 6

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A newsletter for the NYCFIRST robotics community in New York City and the surrounding area.

NYC/NJ FIRST web site http://nycnjfirst.org/

Do not rely solely on these updates as I post news regularly on the blog.

NOTE: I will have sketchy email contact from Tues. March 4 - Tues March 11.

Breaking news

Congrats to IS 72 SI:


Saturday, March 1, 3:00pm
Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

Coach Randi Huss can be contacted at: randihuss@gmail.com
Press release at: http://normsrobotics.blogspot.com/2008/02/is-72-si-at-tibetan-museum-march-1.html
  • Upgrade to 60 FLL teams at Javits, Sunday April 6.
  • Seminars to help new FLL teams
  • Scholarship Opportunity for Spring Robotics!
  • St. Edmond's hosts FLL exhibition tournament (Brooklyn) March 12, 2008 10 teams. tournament starts at 4pm. (contact Christine.Zaremba@gmail.com)

FLL Tri-state tournament at Javits April 6: Upgraded to 60 teams

The Javits Convention Center will be the site of a major robotics event in NYC from April 4-6. FRC, FTC and FLL – a mini World Festival (without the world).

We've given NYC teams a 2 week head start. We have 26 NY and 2 NJ teams. Now we're opening it up to the tri-state area. We may even hold an event within the event for the top performing robots to see the best of the best.

28 teams registered so far.
You can now register more than one team from your school.
Event to be opened to teams from New Jersey, Connecticut, Long Island and upstate NY.

List of teams registered so far at end of this Update.
List of teams as they are added will be posted on Norm's Robotics. (Click link in upper right hand column.)
There will be a delay of a few days for new teams added, so don't get nervous.


The New York City FLL Expo will be taking place concurrently with the 2008 New York City FIRST Robotics Competition and our second annual New York City FIRST Science and Technology Career Expo. More than 3,000 people will be in attendance.

Some slots may be reserved for teams selected by the New York City FIRST LEGO League Planning Committee to help ensure equitable participation across the boroughs.


* 60 teams running 4 to 6 rounds of Power Puzzle.
* Scoring for robot performance at the game table.
* Trophies for top three places in robot performance
* No judging but you may being research projects and have spokespersons explain them to the public.
* Certificates of participation given to all teams
* Start – approximately 9:00am
* Finish – approximately 12:30pm

You may bring your research project to display at your pit table for the general public to view.

To register – send e-mail to norscot@aol.com containing the following information:

1. Team number
2. Team name
3. School/organizational affiliation
4. Borough
5. Team contact name
6. Team contact e-mail address
7. Team contact daytime phone

NOTE: This means ALL the information, not "Hi, Norm, I'm in. See you at Javits."

Friday April 4 will be available for school visits to observe the FRC tournament practice rounds.
Full FRC competition begins Sat. Apr. 5 and completes Sunday.
In addition to FRC, 60 FTC teams will compete on Saturday using smaller non-LEGO robots.

We may need a few teams to man/woman an FLL exhibition table and answer questions from the public on all 3 days.
Bring your research project too. Let me know if interested.

Seminars to help new FLL teams

The Office of Instructional Technology of Brooklyn is offering seminars to help new FLL teams.
The classes are held on Saturdays around the city. I am teaching one that ends March 18. There will be a second set of seminars starting Saturday, March 29. The class is Queens is held in PS 147. Below is the link to register. Teachers are paid per session to attend!

They are also looking for an instructor. I can't teach that one because of the work I am doing with the District 24 and 32 grants. The teacher is paid per session and an hour a week prep time. I can show anyone interested what I did.

If you have any questions, just ask me.


Mike Koumoullos
Aviation HS

Scholarship Opportunity for Spring Robotics!

Vision Ed Inc. and Make Magazine are pleased to announce an exciting new scholarship opportunity for Robotics teams grades 1-7 throughout the New York City area. This scholarship will allow one team of up to 12 members to compete in the first annual ROBOFEST NYC, a new robotics event that will be held at SONY Wonder Technology Labs on April 12th.

ROBOFEST NYC was designed as an opportunity to celebrate creative work by children in the field of robotics. The event will feature both a student expo of original projects and a robotics performers competition. Teams and exhibitors may work with any robotics system including RCX, NXT, and Pico Cricket, and medals will be awarded for ingenuity, design, and programming.
For more information about ROBOFEST NYC, please visit: http://www.visionedinc.org/robofest/index.htm

The ROBOFEST NYC scholarship will cover the cost of a team coach for 8 sessions and the competition registration fee.

To apply, please submit the name of the school or organization at which your team will be based, contact info for the team organizer, and a brief summary (500 words or less) of why you think your team should be chosen to receive this scholarship. All applications are due by March 12th and should be submitted to Emilie Reiser at emilie@vemny.org. No experience in Robotics necessary!
Questions? Please contact Emilie Reiser at 212.245.0444.

Teams Registered so far for Javits (as of March 1)
Team Number Team Name School/Org Borough Contact
3874 Ryan Lions JHS 216 George Ryan Q Peter Xanthus
1435 Pack-A-Watt Packer Collegiate Institute K Maureen Reilly
3840 Cyberbots Brics-2-Bots Q Veryl Greene
5285 Mott Hall III Lego Legends Mott Hall III Bx Kelly Vaughan
1965 Epiphany1 IS 72 SI Randi Huss/Danny Colasanto
983 NXT 193 P.S. 193K K Stacy Solomon
6292 Warbots Cambria Center for the Gifted Child Q Sheryl Liles
189 Robotnics Automotive High School K Bruce Rajswasser
196 Solargy IS 123 Bx Chris Gooding
2395 Robo Fusion 192 Renaissance Middle School/ I. S. 192 Q Eric Greene
5689 WWW.Robokids.com P.S. 81 K Everbell Boampong-Bishop
5703 TechnoBots Aspire Preparatory Middle School (MS322x) Bx Deborah Ogedengbe
6814 Phipps Lego Team Phipps Community Development Corp. @ P.S. 112 Bx Matthew Miller
2132 The Ridder Kids Hermann Ridder Intermediate School 98 Bx Harold Smith
4719 The Epiphany School M Christine Cook-Alvarez
1634 Team X IS 190 Bx Maribeth Whitehouse
5672 Ridgefield Robotics Slocum-Skewes Middle School NJ Joan Furman
5673 Ridgefield Robotics Slocum-Skewes Middle School NJ Joan Furman
7100 BX Ryders I.S. 162 Bx Charl Castelyn
5618 LAMChops 1 Louis Armstrong Middle School (IS 227Q) Q Richard B. Akalsk
5619 LAMChops 2 Louis Armstrong Middle School (IS 227Q) Q Richard B. Akalsk
5744 Energy All-Stars P.S. 108x Bx Vanessa Jones
1673 Molecules PS 195 Bx Zelma Torres-Rosado
5522 IS 52 Inwood MS M Adaliz Gonzalez-Medaglia
5115 Thing 1 Manhattan East M Ms. Cancel
5116 Thing 2 Manhattan East M Ms. Cancel
1468 Warbots MS 50k K Reginald Wilborn Jr.
7289 PS 196x Bx Gladys Bharath

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Compiled by Norm Scott
NYCFIRST Registration coordinator

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