Aug. 1, 2008
I hope all are enjoying the summer.
A newsletter for the NYCFIRST robotics community in New York City and the surrounding area.
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NOTE: There are some problems with the blog and I cannot add new content at this point and might have to move it to a new site. However, at this time the blog can still be accessed. Look for important info on the sidebar.
The NYC/NJ FIRST web site is at http://nycnjfirst.org/
Learn more about FLL here:
The new game, Climate Connections, has been released and can be found here: http://www.firstlegoleague.
Building a Global Game Plan
Whether the climate be cold, or whether the climate be hot
The climate is different all over
What is it like in your spot?
In Climate Connections
Solutions and questions - of many dimensions
Wait for FLL teams and robots!
As of July 24, 2008, there are 3,225 registered teams in the U.S. and Canada.
Registration in NYC
91 teams and counting.
See complete list at end of this Update.
If you think you registered but are not on the list, you probably did not compete the entire process.
Go through checkout even if you are not paying now.
For payment, choose either "pay by check" or "PO". Write TBD where it asks for a number.
WARNING: Inside word is there may be a shortage of Field Set-Up Kits
FIRST reports they are running 20% ahead of last year and may have to close registration early.
FSK: $65 – again, you MUST check this box. Schools/orgs with multiple teams do not need to order more than one FSK.
You can also order one robotic kit and accessories when you register.
Payment: Check, credit card, or PO (can cause delays.)
You can register and pay later but nothing will be shipped until you do.
DId you pay? when you check the list at the end of the email,look for a Y or N.
Sorry, columns do not line up.
For NYC schools, contract is in flux
The team ordering info for FLL teams through NYC DOE that I sent you in June has now been removed from the FAMIS-E catalog.
Veryl Greene found out why:
"I talked to Bob Woods and this is what happened...
The DOE removed the payments for registration & field kits from FAMIS-E for the FLL, because they said the price went up & they don't want to pay it. However, the NXT kit can still be ordered through FAMIS-E. Schools will have to pay for registration & field kits through some other means."
As for the FTC (which they will also think is too expensive) schools have to come up with their own funds & pay directly to FIRST (FTC).
Here is what it was before:
Item #: 800055470
Description: FLL team registration 2008 - #990305 Cost: $216.00
Item #: 800055489
Description: FLL 2008 Field Set Up Kit - #991217 Cost: 72.00
Item #: 800055497 FLL Robot Set 2008 - #979792 Cost: 394.20 (includes software)
If the DOE changes this info AGAIN, folks should contact:
If you cannot find the info contact LEGO's Bob Woods:
Kickoffs to review the Climate Connections
Bronx FLL Kickoff Event - Sat. Sept 13th (PS. 194)
Polytech FLL Kickoff Event - Sat. Sept 20th
TENTATIVE - FLL Trainings - October 11th, 18th, 25th (TENTATIVE)
We are working on a series of practice tournaments in all boroughs from late October through early December.
Tentative locations: Wagner College (SI), Packard (K), PS 194 (Bx), Polytechnic (K).
We are looking for people to host paractice events in Queens and Manhattan either after school or on a weekend.
Also, if you are in one of the other boroughs and want to host a practice, contact me. The event can be small.
Staten Island, Sat. 12/13
Bklyn, Sat. 12/20 (tentative)
Manhattan, Sat. Jan 11th @ CCNY
Queens, Sat. Jan 10th or Sun. 11th (Tentative)
NYC FIRST LEGO League Citywide Championship
Sat, Jan 31, 2009 - Riverbank State Park
An exhibition at the Javits Convention center early in March
I'm moving out of NY (to Tacoma, WA) this summer. For the past year I have been teaching LEGO Robotics at an organization called Hofstra STEP. I am trying to help them find a replacement for me. They are a great organization with excellent resources, rooms, technology, and staff. The pay is at least $40 an hour - negotiable upwards for experienced instructors.
If you know anybody out this way (Queens/Long Island) who may be interested, please have them contact me at 347 217-3503 or via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Social Note from Stephen Shapinsky
former robotics guru in Region 4, now residing in Las Vegas and coaching a 4th grade FLL team.
We wanted to share the news with you:
Our daughter, Ingrid Sofia Shapinsky, joined us on planet Earth this week.
Here are photos: http://tinyurl.com/6774lt
Stephen, Kirsten, and Ingrid
List of Registered teams- Total 91
List posted at
Staten Island: 24
(I know the numbers don't add up- 1 team is mine and 2 others did not enter enough info)
New schools/Org: 14
DId you pay? Look for a Y or N in the next to last column.
Sorry, columns do not line up.
Team # InstitutionName CoachFirstName CoachLastName paid Borough
109 IS 123 James M. Kieran Middle School Virginia Connelly Y Bx
199 Myra S. Barnes - IS 24 Raymond Cottrell Y SI
202 Myra S. Barnes - IS 24 Raymond Cottrell Y SI
206 Myra S. Barnes - IS 24 Raymond Cottrell Y SI
208 Myra S. Barnes - IS 24 Raymond Cottrell Y SI
210 CS 66 Chris Blades Y Bx
232 Louis Pasteur Middle school Ruta Dave Y Q
260 Brics~2~Bots - Private team Veryl Greene Y Q
275 Cambria Center for the Gifted Child sheryl liles Y Q
363 Tom Hershner Y Unknown
425 Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science and Engineering Andrew Stillman Y M
490 St. Edmund Elementary School christine zaremba Y K
523 PS/MS 194 Cynthia Khadaran Y Bx
584 Pablo Casals MS181 Terry Buchalter Y Bx
639 Automotive Robotics Bruce Rajswasser Y K
778 George J Ryan MS 216 Peter Xanthus N Q
853 P.S. 121 X Katherine Bormann N Bx
895 Bronx Latin Middle School Edward Branchaud N Bx
901 MS 101 X Michele Sikoryak Y Bx
984 MS 44-William J. O'Shea Complex Elvetta Harris Y M
997 Forest Hills Team Iffat Mai Y Q
1172 MS302X Sharon Shoatz Y Bx
1215 P.S. 139Q Yvonne Shortt Y Q
1315 Intermediate School 230 Sonya Rencher N Q
1335 Prall Intermediate School - IS 27 Bryan Kilgallon IS 27 Y SI
1336 Prall Intermediate School - IS 27 Bryan Kilgallon IS 27 Y SI
1337 Prall Intermediate School - IS 27 Bryan Kilgallon IS 27 Y SI
1341 Coen (home) Patrick Coen Y SI
1355 PS 189M THERESA LUGER N M
1462 PS 372 Victoria Holland Y K
1463 PS 372 Victoria Holland Y K
1502 CS 102 X Neysa Lewis Y Bx
1667 Totten Intermediate School - I.S. 34 Joseph Buro Y SI
1673 Totten Intermediate School - I.S. 34 Joseph Buro Y SI
1674 Totten Intermediate School - I.S. 34 Joseph Buro Y SI
1720 Norm NYCFIRST N NYC FIRST
1730 Trevor Day School Steven Schechter Y M
1739 kezner academy @IS 192 Nicole Havel Y Bx
1774 Packer Collegiate Institute Maureen Reilly Y K
1775 Packer Collegiate Institute Maureen Reilly Y K
1782 St. Clare's Elementary School Mary Lee Y SI
1783 St. Clare's Elementary School Mary Lee Y SI
1784 St. Clare's Elementary School Mary Lee Y SI
1785 St. Clare's Elementary School Mary Lee Y SI
1824 P.S. 193 The Gil Hodges School Stacy Solomon Y K
1826 P.S.193 The Gil Hodges School Cynthia McGinty Y K
1827 P.S.193-The Gil Hodges School Carol Geier Y K
1836 Glendale Intermediate School 119Q Christopher Dudin N Q
1905 Manhattan School for Children Andre Martell Y M
1907 Manhattan School for Children Tatiana Hoover Y M
1910 Middle School 328 Beth Pollak N M
1925 Eugenio Maria DeHostos I.S. 318 Russ Holstein N K
1926 Eugenio Maria DeHostos I.S. 318 Russ Holstein N K
1943 Public School 107X Adel Assal N Bx
1954 Intermediate School 75 Donny Swanson Y SI
1955 Intermediate School 75 Donny Swanson Y SI
1956 Intermediate School 75 Donny Swanson Y SI
1958 Ronald Edmonds Learning Center Jeffrey Stephens-Prince N K
1978 P.S. 58 The Carroll School Keith Wynne N K
1979 P.S. 58 The Carroll School keith Wynne N K
1980 P.S. 58 The Carroll School keith Wynne N K
2019 PS 257 Melvin Martinez N K
2101 William Butler Elementary PS 133K Judith Hudson N K
2133 MS 324 Patria Mirabal Benjamin Leviago N M
2179 Police Officer Rocco Laurie IS 72 Randi Huss Y SI
2180 Police Officer Rocco Laurie IS 72 Randi Huss Y SI
2181 Police Officer Rocco Laurie IS 72 Randi Huss Y SI
2262 PS 8 Brandie Hayes Y K
2263 PS 8 Brandie Hayes Y K
2266 PS 76 The Bennington School russell heath N Bx
2380 Staten Island Technical H.S. Michael Siegel N SI
2386 Staten Island Technical H.S. Michael Siegel N SI
2393 PS 11 Purvis J Behan School Rasheda Lyons N K
2490 Sunset Park Prep Franky Gutierrez N K
2491 Renaisance Middle School Eric Greene N Q
2492 Renaissance Middle School Eric Greene N Q
2544 GLOBE School for Environmental Research Paul Riter Y Bx
2545 GLOBE School for Environmental Research Paul Riter Y Bx
2616 Brooklyn Technical High School Gordon Williams Y K
2656 Herman Ridder Intermediate School 98 Harold Smith Y Bx
2707 Crispus Attucks School carla arnold Y K
2708 PS 57 Patricia Lockhart Y SI
2994 BACCALAUREATE SCHOOL Melissa Hinson N Q
3006 Unkown Greg Dublin N Unknown
3077 I.S. 383K Lindrick Outerbridge Y K
3161 Bedford Academy High School George Leonard N K
3494 The Urban Institute of Mathematics Ryan McCabe Y Bx
3553 PS 106 Bx Phil Hamlin Y Bx
3574 MS 319 M Markus Baloun N M
3667 MS 118 Bx ralph corvino N Bx
3738 PS 261 Marci Rosa N K
Compiled by Norm Scott
NYCFIRST Registration coordinator
Have a good day