Sept. 14, 2008
A newsletter for the NYCFIRST robotics community in New York City and the surrounding area.
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The NYC/NJ FIRST web site is at http://nycnjfirst.org/
Click on the links in the sidebar if you want to read back issues of these updates. ( I won't reveal how they end.)
Welcome back to a new school year. I hope all is going well so far. Put a little robotics in your and your kids' lives.
Have any issues about ordering, registering, organizing, the meaning of life?
Will the FLL season be interrupted by a black hole swallowing the earth?
Don't hesitate to call or email. But do so before the Hadron cyclotron creates any black holes – don't worry, they planted Kudzu to swallow any black holes that might pop up.
Make sure to attend the NYCFIRST Kickoff this Saturday (details below) where the missions will be explained and you can ask questions. If there is one event you attend, this one is it – and you can bring kids. You DO NOT have to bring any LEGO's, robots or field set-up kits.
Training - Save the Dates
Free Training by Vision Education at Polytehnic U Oct. 11, 18, 25 (if necessary)
Nov. 4 at Aviation HS (See Mike K's report below.)
List of registered teams (165) as of Sept. 14
(also check list below)
Please send me an update on lead coach (es) names, school listing, etc.
Climate Connections Released on Sept. 5 for FLL and JFLL
Links are also on the sidebar of my blog.
Mission videos can be downloaded or viewed directly.
You can still register, go to http://register4fll.com/.
If you registered and your team number does not appear on my list that means you did not complete the process – I only get to see teams that go through checkout. So go back and finish and also update your team profile.
Even if you don't pay, complete the registration. Order what you need and put down you are paying by PO (write TBD when asked for a number) or by check. This will reserve things for you until you pay - you have until mid-October before your team is flushed from the system, but the earlier you do so the quicker you get your stuff.
Not sure if you are listed as paid? Let me know and I'll check.
Or look down the sidebar on my blog for your team number.
(This list is not totally updated).
Registration may close early - From FIRST
With just under 1,000 slots available, FLL Climate Connections is shaping up to be the biggest season yet! Team registration is set to close when all team slots are filled at 4:00 PM (EDT) on September 30, 2008, whichever comes first. Additionally, FLL Materials (Robot Set and Field Setup Kit) must be ordered by this deadline, but are also subject to product availability.
*Keep your Team Profile Updated!*
To ensure receipt of important FLL communications, please remember to review and update your team profile prior to October 15, 2008.
Go to http://www.register4fll.com. In the "/Team Login/" fields, enter your Team ID (team number) and password. When your profile is complete, be sure to click the "/Continue/" button at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions.
If you haven't registered already, we hope you hop online (http://register4fll.com) soon and join us for the 2008 Climate Connections season! Available slots are filling in quickly.
NYCFIRST Lego League Kickoff - Sat. Sept. 20
Polytechnic Institute of NYU
(Don't get confused – this is not at NYU in Manhattan as the 2 schools have merged)
Open to all Kids/teams welcome. Bring a camera or video
Saturday September 20, 2008
9:00 AM-1:15 PM
Polytechnic Institute of NYU
Flyer posted at http://www.nycnjfirst.org
Flyer and map also on the blog.at http://normsrobotics.blogspot.
9:00-9:30 AM: Welcome and Introductions
9:30-10:00 AM: Research Assignment Presentation
Mark Scharfeshteyn does his usual magic.
10:00-10:45 AM: JFLL Overview - Keith Wynne, Coach PS 58 K
NYC FLL structure for í08 season
Q&A - where you get to throw things (questions only please) at us.
(Pfizer Auditorium) –
11:00-12:00 PM: Tips and tricks from veteran coaches for new coaches (vets invited too) (Jacobs Academic Building [JAB] - Room 475)
Eric Greene, Coach IS 192Q
Organizing a team
Maureen Reilly, coach at Packer Collegiate Institute
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, retired middle school coach, currently robotics Specialist Manhattan OIT, with an overview of the kit & the NXT software
Suman Sabastin, Girl Scouts robotics advisor
Team management and scheduling
11:00-12:00 PM: Game Overview (Veteran Teams)
(Rogers Hall [RH] - Room 116)
Led by Richard Wong and his merry men and women.
12:15-1:15 PM: Game Overview (Rookie Teams)
(Rogers Hall [RH] - Room 116)
By popular demand, an encore performance by Richard Wong and his merry men and women.
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.
Thanks to Evan Weinberg, Bernie Dicristofalo for running the Bronx kickoff this past Saturday. I posted their agenda here:
Request for coach at Packer (Brooklyn)
We are looking for a Robotics teacher to work with two high school mentors and me after school at Packer in Brooklyn Heights on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
This would be either for our FLL program or to work with beginner roboticists.
Do you know anyone who may be interested?
The pay is competitive and the after school program is also looking for a computer gaming (learning to program games) teacher and a stop-motion animation teacher.
Any leads are helpful.
Contact me if interested and I'll put you in touch with Maureen.
Trevor Day School looking to donate extras
I have several RCX bricks and Lego robotics kits that we'd like to donate to any FLL participating public school needing equipment.
I have several RCX bricks and Lego robotics kits that we'd like to donate to any FLL participating public school needing equipment. Do you know the best way for me to find an interested party?
Contact me if interested and I'll put you in touch with Steve.
Election Day (Nov. 4) Training at Aviation HS from Mike Koumoulos
For Queens schools, but also open to other boroughs by request.
The schedule for the November 4, Election Day, training has been updated. Over the next week or two, I will send out hard copies to you and your schools (Queens). I want to wait to get as many teams registered as possible before mailing them out, but you guys can print them now.
- or copy & paste it into your browser's address bar if that doesn't work.
Registration in NYC as of Sept. 14: 165 teams
See complete list at end of this Update and at
Staten Island: 29
Team # Institution Lead Coach(es) (Please send me updated info)
0015 PS 195X Zelma Torres-Rosado
0064 PS 195X Zelma Torres-Rosado
0109 PS/IS 123 X Chris Gooding
0210 CS 66 X Christopher Blades
0523 PS/MS 194 Cynthia Khadaran
0584 Pablo Casals MS 181x Terry Buchalter
0853 PS 121 X Kathy Bormann
0895 Bronx Latin MS Eddie Branchaud
0901 MS 101X Maritime Academy Michele Sikoryak
1172 MS 302 X Sharon Shoatz
1502 CS 102X Neysa Lewis$
1636 ESMT IS 190 X Maribeth Whitehouse
1739 Kezner Academy @IS 192 X Nicole Havel
1741 Academy of Public Relations @298 Amy Andino
1943 PS 107x Adel Assal
2266 PS 76X The Bennington School Russell Heath
2544 Globe School for Environmental Research Michael Joyce
2545 Globe School for Environmental Research Michael Joyce
2656 IS 98 X Herman Ridder Harold Smith
3236 JHS 127 X Joshua Mateo
3494 The Urban Institute of Mathematics Ryan McCabe
3553 PS 106 x Philip Hamlin
3667 MS 118 X Ralph Corvino
4345 Phipps@PS 112 After school program Matthew Miller
5413 Urban Assembly Academy of Civic EngagementX366 James Love
5729 High School of World Cultures Kathy Luke
5909 PS 103 x Jarret Jackob
5910 PS 103 x Jarret Jackob
6182 Archimedes Academy for Math, Science & Technology Justin Duffy
6184 Archimedes Academy for Math, Science & Technology Justin Duffy
6368 PS 153 x Ms. Pelzar
6388 MS 144 xMichaelangelo MS Victoria Lowe
0490 St. Edmund Elementary School Christine Zaremba
0639 Automotive HS Bruce Rajswasser
1462 PS 372 K Rita Fasano
1463 PS 372 K Rita Fasano
1774 Packer Collegiate Inst. Maureen Reilly
1775 Packer Collegiate Inst. Maureen Reilly
1824 PS 193 The Gil Hodges School Stacy Solomon
1825 PS 193 The Gil Hodges School Cynthia McGinty
1827 PS 193 The Gil Hodges School Carol Geier
1925 IS 318 Russ Holstein
1926 IS 318 Russ Holstein
1958 MS 113 Ronald Edmonds Learning Center Jeffrey Stephens-Prince
1978 PS 58 The Carroll School Keith Wynne
1979 PS 58 The Carroll School Keith Wynne
1980 PS 58 The Carroll School Keith Wynne
2019 PS 257k Javier Reyes
2101 PS 133 William Butler Elementary Judith Hudson
2262 PS 8 K Brandeis Hayes/Tracey Pozluszny
2263 PS 8 K Brandeis Hayes/Tracey Pozluszny
2393 PS 11K Rasheda Lyons
2490 Sunset Park Prep MS 821K Franky Gutierrez
2616 Brooklyn Tech HS Gordon Williams
2707 PS 21K Crispus Attucks School Carla Arnold
3006 Friends Crown Heights @ PS 221 Greg Dublin
3008 Friends Crown Heights @ PS 221 Greg Dublin
3009 Friends Crown Heights @ PS 221 Greg Dublin
3010 Friends Crown Heights @ PS 221 Greg Dublin
3011 Friends Crown Heights @ PS 221 Greg Dublin
3013 Friends Crown Heights @ PS 221 Greg Dublin
3014 Friends Crown Heights @ PS 221 Greg Dublin
3015 Friends Crown Heights @ PS 221 Greg Dublin
3016 Friends Crown Heights @ PS 221 Greg Dublin
3017 Friends Crown Heights @ PS 221 Greg Dublin
3076 Benjamin Banneker Academy K Imani Fischer
3077 IS 383 K Philippa Schuyler MS Lindrick Outerbridge
3161 Bedford Academy Cluny Lavache
3447 PS 636 K Young Scholars Academy for Discovery and Danika LaCroix
3473 Arthur S. Somers Middle School Clair Vassell-Williams
3474 Arthur S. Somers Middle School Clair Vassell-Williams
3475 Arthur S. Somers Middle School Clair Vassell-Williams
3476 Arthur S. Somers Middle School Clair Vassell-Williams
3563 PS 636 K Young Scholars Academy for Discovery and Danika LaCroix
3575 PS 233K Langston Hughes Dawne Jokinsky
3738 PS 261K Jennifer Lindauer-Thompson
3951 PS 399 K Stanley Eugene Clarke Sharon Holiday
3958 MS 267K Owen Daniel
3991 MS 88 K Andy Singh,
3992 MS 88 K Andy Singh,
3993 MS 88 K Andy Singh,
3994 MS 88 K Andy Singh,
4298 KECSS - IS 468 @ Lafayette HS Jessica Gould
4429 PS 81 K Everbell Bishop/Diane Moore
4485 UFT Charter Jamie Parganos
5441 MS 50 Williamsburg Middle School Reginald Wilborn/Leonora Kumagai
5447 Packer Collegiate Inst. Maureen Reilly
5449 MS 447 K The Math & Science Exploratory School Sidney Izakson
5511 UFT Charter Jamie Parganos
5762 MS 51K James Hoffman
0363 (No School ID) Tom Hershner
0425 Columbia Secondary School Andrew Stillman
0984 MS 44 William O Shea Complex Elvetta Harris
1355 PS 189M Theresa Luger
1730 Trevor Day School Steven Schechter
1896 Friend Seminary Timothy Cooper
1905 Manhattan School for Children Andre Martell
1907 Manhattan School for Children Tatiana Hoover
1910 MS 328 M Beth Pollak
2133 MS 324 Patria Mirabal Benjamin Leviago
3057 PS/MS 108 Angelo Del Toro Alicia Sotiropoulos
3574 MS 319M Markus Baloun
3875 Manhattan Youth @IS 289 M Stephen Husiak
4452 Vision Education & Media Laura Allen/Corbett Beder
5224 NY Presbeterian Church Myraslava Znayenko
5477 Union Settlement Association Michelle Rivera
5496 The Brearley School Annie Cheung-Livhits/Luigi Cicala
5557 Manhattan Country School Christabel Pinto
5624 The Anderson School PS 334M Diane Kirksey-Floyd
5641 PS 51 M Marilyn Buehler
5797 PS 11 M Melinda Marx – parent Nick Fier
6328 PS/MS 278 Lisa Sausner
6425 Frederick Douglass Academy Danielle Nunez
6426 Frederick Douglass Academy Danielle Nunez
6528 PS 123M Mahalia Jackson Scholars Academy John William King, Jr.
6812 East Harlem Tutorial Danny Peralta
6901 HCCI Computer Clubhouse Fred Riedel/Jeremy Silver
0232 MS 67Q Ruta Dave
0260 Brics-2-Bots Veryl Greene
0275 Cambria Center Sheryl Liles
0778 MS 216Q George Ryan Peter Xanthus
0997 Forest Hills Team Iffat Mai
1215 P.S. 139Q Yvonne Shortt
1315 IS 230 Q Sonya Rencher
1720D nycfirst Dummy Norm Scott
1836 IS 119 Q Chris Dudin
2491 RMS @ I. S. 192 Eric Greene
2492 RMS @ I. S. 192 Eric Greene
2723 IS 125 Q Rudy Vera
2994 Baccalaureate School For Global Education Melissa Hinson
4764 Resurrection Ascension Janna Valente
5945 PS 85Q Bob Deming
6144 Edward Bleeker JHS 185 Primal Dhillon$
6145 Edward Bleeker JHS 185 Primal Dhillon$
6805 IS 10 Q Horace Greeley IS Pat Shubitz
7019 PS 112Q Alice Gruenberg
Staten Island (29)
0199 IS 24 SI Raymond Cottrell/Jane Frangos
0202 IS 24 SI Raymond Cottrell/Jane Frangos
0206 IS 24 SI Raymond Cottrell/Jane Frangos
0208 IS 24 SI Raymond Cottrell/Jane Frangos
1335 IS 27 SI Bryan Kilgallen
1336 IS 27 SI Bryan Kilgallen
1337 IS 27 SI Prall Bryan Kilgallen
1341 Coen Patrick Coen
1667 IS 34 SI Joseph Buro/Ann Verderber
1673 IS 34 SI Joseph Buro
1674 IS 34 SI Joseph Buro
1782 St. Clare School Mary Lee
1783 St. Clare School Mary Lee
1784 St. Clare School Mary Lee
1785 St. Clare School Mary Lee
1954 IS 75 SI Donny Swanson
1955 IS 75 SI Donny Swanson
1956 IS 75 SI Donny Swanson
2179 IS 72 SI Randi Huss
2180 IS 72 SI Randi Huss
2181 IS 72 SI Randi Huss
2380 Staten Island Tech HS Mike Siegal
2386 Staten Island Tech HS Mike Siegal
2708 PS 57 SI Patricia Lockhart
5119 IS 49 SI Carol Obler/Francesco Portelos
5120 IS 49 SI Carol Obler/Francesco Portelos
5121 IS 49 SI Carol Obler/Francesco Portelos
5721 NYC Parks & Recreation Lisa Brooks
6443 Petrides School Carlos Rodriguez
Compiled by Norm Scott
NYCFIRST Registration coordinator
Have a good day