Wednesday, September 04, 2013

2013 Nature's Fury Challenge

2013 Nature's Fury Challenge

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Can FIRST® LEGO® League teams help us master natural disasters?  In the 2013 NATURE’S FURY℠ Challenge, over 200,000 children ages 9 to 16* from over 70 countries will explore the awe-inspiring storms, quakes, waves and more that we call natural disasters. Teams will discover what can be done when intense natural events meet the places people live, work, and play.  Brace yourself for NATURE’S FURY!
FLL challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers.  During NATURE’S FURY teams will build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game.  They will also choose and solve a real­world problem in the Project.  Throughout their experience, teams will operate under FLL’s signature set of Core Values.
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Can FIRST® LEGO® League teams help us master natural disasters?  In the 2013 NATURE’S FURY℠ Challenge, over 200,000 children ages 9 to 16* from over 70 countries will explore the awe-inspiring storms, quakes, waves and more that we call natural disasters. Teams will discover what can be done when intense natural events meet the places people live, work, and play.  Brace yourself for NATURE’S FURY!
*9­-14 in the US, Canada, and Mexico

The FLL Challenge has 3 parts - the Robot Game, the Project, and the Core Values.
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Gary Isreal, 2TrainRobotics Coach, Receives State Farm Pitch-In Award

2TrainRobotics Coach Receives State Farm Pitch-In Award

For the past 12 years, the NY Yankees have honored the Morris High School FIRST Robotics team at Yankee Stadium during a pre-game ceremony. This year was a bit different. This year the Yankees informed Morris HS coach/coordinator Gary Israel he would receive the State Farm Pitch-In Award honor, “for [his] support/commitment to make a difference in the lives of local youth.”
After a career in retail and business, Mr. Israel began teaching virtual business classes at Morris. In 1999, Morris High School was offered a grant by FIRST for a robotics team. Despite initial apprehension about not having a science background, he was assured that his leadership and marketing skills qualified him to be the coach, “they said you’ll be able to get engineering help.”
And so things were put into action. Promoting a team was very important to Mr. Israel. He noticed that Morris HS had very few teams so the idea of a robotics team appealed to him. Gary encouraged the students to promote their team. He said, “we were able to use phones in our office to reach out to potential sponsors”. Reuben A. Bridges, an original student and mentor with the team, “joined FIRST as a way to promote FIRST, so it worked out both ways from a class to the team”. He said how Gary, “let us express our ideas to work as a team.”
Mr. Israel recalled that in their first year there was pressure for the team to join up
2TrainRobotics at Maker Pavilion
2TrainRobotics at Maker Pavilion
with another school. He asserted, “I think it was important to stay independent. Morris is in one of the poorest districts in the US.  These kids have beaten a lot of obstacles and they have earned their pride.”
The team was able to “get the engineering” and secure a partnership with Columbia University, what he refers to as “the icing on the cake” for educating students. It was there he recruited fellow mentor, Bob Stark from Columbia, to help with the technical side of the team. Bob started working with him that first year, commenting, “having the Columbia students mentor Morris’ students has been a great asset.”
As a result, the Morris students travel over an hour each way to Columbia’s lab on 116th & Broadway.  The FRC Team 395 dubbed the name “2 TrainRobotics” in honor of their commute to the campus.  Mr. Israel explained how this presents a challenge, but also an important lesson. “It’s a big challenge because it’s an additional effort for them to travel.”
There are concerns about safety or just getting over being out of the Bronx. Mr. Bridges points out “a lot of the students who joined the team never left the Bronx. That’s pretty much what they know.”  He defined the importance of travelling as “exposing the students to what’s out there and exposing the world to the school–that we have students with just as much knowledge and spirit.”
2Train Robotics being honored at Yankee Stadium
And the students have done just that. Their first year they journeyed to NJ, as NYC FIRST did not host competitions then.  As the team grew in experience, they have travelled to Baltimore, Washington DC, Texas, Georgia, and Florida with an impressive record.  Some of the teams accolades include the Chairman’s Award (2004), General Motors Industrial Design Award” (2008), Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox (2011), the Woody Flowers Award (2011) and several regional winner awards.  A simple Google search results in articlesinterviews on YouTube, and even references in books (Classroom Robotics and The New Cool) about this remarkable team and mentors.
One award that particularly means very much is the pre-game honor at Yankee stadium,  which is one of the team’s sponsors. This has transformed into an annual tradition. Mr. Israel says, “going out on the field is more important, that kind of recognition instills pride in these kids”. Mr. Stark observes that “these kids, getting to experience the idea that a big organization like the Yankees is paying attention to their achievements, is a big moment. When you look behind your shoulder you see the 2Train team on the screen and it’s like ‘Wow!’”
As to being recognized, Mr. Israel is incredibly humbled and his preference for being with his team is clearly evident. He attributes much of the team’s success to his students and fellow mentors.  “I’ve gotten so much from being part of FIRST and being with the students. That is enough recognition for me.”
-Vinessa DiCarlo, FIRST Volunteer

Monday, May 06, 2013

FIRST LEGO League Registration opens at noon roday!

FIRST registration opens today at noon EDT for Nature's Fury, the 2013-14 FIRST LEGO League season. Registering a team early means your field kit will ship in August. Having teams register before the end of the school year also helps us with planning and forecasting for the season ahead.

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The FLL Nature's Fury robot game challenge and project challenge will be released August 27, 2013.  

Monday, February 25, 2013

80 FLL Teams Going to Javits CityWide Event March 9, 2013

519 Dragonbotz Ms. Veryl Greene Brics-2-Bots
763 MasterMinds Ms. Nancy Azcona MS 88 K
764 MasterMinds2 Ms. Nancy Azcona MS 88 K
927 Dark Knights of 24 Mr. Raymond T. Cottrell IS 24 SI
1231 TopGearz Mr. Chris Dudin IS 119 Q
1233 SuperBotz Mr. Chris Dudin IS 119 Q
1235 B.R.A.T.S Mr. Chris Blades CS 66 X
1489 Blood, Sweat, & Gears Mr. Russ J. Holstein IS 318K
1497 Nanny Bytes Mr. Russ J. Holstein IS 318K
1702 Bearded Bob Mrs. Maureen  L. Reilly Packer Collegiate Inst.
2048 Skybots Mr. Lindrick A. Outerbridge IS 383 K
Philippa Schuyler MS
2216 PS11  Mr. Hector  vazquez PS 11 M
2331 Mission Masters Brandie Hayes PS 8 K
2332 Swagger Bots Brandie Hayes PS 8 K
2707 TNTBulldogs Mr. Scott L. Waldman MS 137Q
2713 Ryan Lions Mr. Peter T. Xanthus MS 216Q George Ryan
3448 Marauder Bots Mr. Anthony Traverso NYC Parks Dept. Cromwell Center
3916 MATobot Ms. Hau-yu Chu PS126/Manhattan Academy of Technology 
3967 Mustangs Bryan Kilgallen IS 27 SI
3969 Mustangs 2 Bryan Kilgallen IS 27 SI
4094 Gear Masters Iffat Mai Forest Hills Robotics
4095 Mindstorm Mechanics Iffat Mai Forest Hills Robotics
4096 Planetary Forces Iffat Mai Forest Hills Robotics
4191 Dalton 1 Rob Quatrone Dalton
4192 Dalton 2 Rob Quatrone Dalton
4442 RoboTron Mr. Dennis Chan RoboMindTech
4443 RoboRocket Mr. Dennis Chan RoboMindTech
4603 HCHS ROBOTICS TEAM A Mr. Peter  H. Glus Hunter College Campus
4604 Queens Robotics Club Mr. Peter  H. Glus Queens Robotics Club
4605 HCHS ROBOTICS TEAM B Mr. Peter  H. Glus Hunter College Campus
4739 RA Tech Titans Joann Heppt Resurrection Ascension
5086 NYCitizens Ms. Veryl C. Greene Brics-2-Bots
5908 St. Clare's Transformers 1 Mrs. Mary E. Lee St. Clare School
5909 St. Clare's Transformers 2 Mrs. Mary E. Lee St. Clare School
5910 St. Clare's Transformers 3 Mrs. Mary E. Lee St. Clare School
5911 St. Clare's Transformers 4 Mrs. Mary E. Lee St. Clare School
6225 The Innovators Denise Tinsley PS 28M Wright Brothers
7191 Raging Tigers Barry S. Cohen The Trinity School
7398 Gear Hawks Sharon Holliday PS 399 K Stanley Eugene Clarke 
7405 Mission 11 Ms. Robyn a. Tommaselli PS 11K  Purvis J Behan School
7406 Robotic Falcons Allstars Mr. Jeffrey W. Stephens-Prince MS 113K Ronald Edmonds Learning Center
7412 Robo Tigers Mr. Eduardo A. Suescun-Florez PS 3K The Bedford Village School
7413 Nanowolves Ms. Saranii Muller Fort Greene Prep Academy
7414 PS 5 Lego Rockets Ms. Kesha S. Townsel PS 5K
7419 Robo Warriors  Mr. Javed S. Narain PS 270 K The Dekalb School
7424 Ron Brown Academny MS 57 M.Fevzi Ozaydin Ron Brown Academy MS 57
7425 Lego Dream Team   The New Lots Schools PS 213K
7427 Madibabots Mr. Jerib A. Carson Madiba Prep MS
7756 Bronx Task Force Ms. Sylvia I. Hill Good Shepherd Services
7844 NXT Lords Pamela Mills PS 321K
8135 Basement Cubs Mr. Jason A. Torres Horace Mann School
8432 ChapinBots Team 1 Mr. Jack P. Cooley The Chapin School
8434 ChapinBots Team 2 Mr. Jack P. Cooley The Chapin School
10452 The Ridder Kids Mr. Harold Smith IS 98 X Herman Ridder
10468 Downtown Kings Mr. Jesse P. Simpson Manhattan Youth @IS 289 M 
10656 Gators II Ms. Suzanne M. Dwyer NYC Lab  Middle School
10773 TechNics Debora Carmichael PS 92K Adrian Hegeman
11810 RoboSapiens Ms. Pat Swain Family Life Academy Charter School
12177 Grandpa Bob Whippersnappers Mrs. Maureen  L. Reilly Packer Collegiate Inst.
12505 Genesis Fluffy Tacos Mr. James P. Schreiner Genesis at Xaverian 
12735 Genesist Legosmiths Mr. James P. Schreiner Genesis at Xaverian 
12831 TYWLS Robotics Julie Wood The Young Womens’ Leadership School TYWLS BK
13263 Dwi Sci Mr. Matthew Moran Dwight School
13273 Lego My Eggo Mr. Franky Gutierrez Sunset Park Prep MS 821K
13305 Medabots Jerry Leon Graham WIndham
MS/PS 123M Beacon - 
13309 Bleeker Stars PRIMAL DHILLON Edward Bleeker JHS 185
13469 RoboBeta Mr. Dennis Chan RoboMindTech
13777 DROIDMakers Mr. David A. Boehm Inwood Academy for Leadership
13859 Nanocubs Ms. Saranii Muller Fort Greene Prep Academy
14067 Columbiacraft Crammers Mrs. Geneva S. Elias-Warren Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School
14535 Genesis Jedi  Mr. James P. Schreiner Genesis at Xaverian 
14793 256 Bots Dr. Jeffrey Utz PS 256K Benjamin Banneker Elementary
14856 HCHS Robotics Team C Mr. Peter  H. Glus Hunter College Campus
14887 Robotics 89 Mr. Robert Peduzzi PS 89 The Williamsbridge School
15139 NXT Generation  Tsvi Katsir Riverdale Country School
15247 Digital Pride Mr. Ed Bringas The Gateway School
15551 CGPS Lions Mrs. Geneva S. Elias-Warren Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School
16081 Bedford Bots Mr. Robert J. Calungsod Bedford Academy
16165 robotronics Ms. Michelle Solomon PS 153 x Helen
16179 Robo Fusion 192 Mr. Eric S. Greene RMS @ I. S. 192 

JrFLL at Javits on Saturday March 9th, 2013

Greetings JrFLL Coaches and Mentors,

Thanks for you and your teams' hard work.  The EXPO at NYU Poly was a terrific success.  I enjoyed having the opportunity to meet your teams, observe their incredible projects and listen to many of their presentations.

I am writing to confirm your participation at Jacob Javits Convention Center for the annual FIRST Weekend Extravaganza.

I will send you a schedule, which is tentative, by the end of this week.

In the interim here are a few things I need you to know as well as a few things I need to know from you.

  1. You should plan to have your teams arrive at Javits between 8:30am and 9:00am.
  2. There will not be any JrFLL Judging at Javits.  
  3. Teams who were not at the EXPO on 2/10 at NYU Poly will still receive recognition for their participation and efforts.
  4. If you did not pay for your team to participate at NYU Poly, we will be asking the same fee of $50.00 per registered team at Javits.   Please make checks or money orders payable to NYU Poly/ NYC FIRST.  Remember to include your official team registration number on the memo line of the check.
  5. If you are not planning on attending, please let me know as soon as possible.
  6. If you are planning on bringing a team that is registered already but was not able to particiapte at the EXPO at NYU Poly on 2/10 because of extenuating circumstances please let me know who is coming A.S.A.P.
  7. Officially, JrFLL has a limit of six students per registered team.  (This is USFIRST Policy!!!)
I will be reaching out to a few teams individually to confirm some additional details.  In the interim please remember that Javits is Free and Open to the Public throughout the dates of the NYC FIRST Extravaganza.   You can bring as many parents, classmates, friends and family members as you like to support your child's participation in JrFLL.  

We look forward to seeing you at Javits.  If you have any questions or concerns in the interim feel free to reach out to me.

See you on SATURDAY March 9th.


Keith Wynne

Science Specialist/Achievement Coach
CFN 612 The Grapevine Network
131 Livingston StreetRoom 505
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201
JrFLL Chairperson for the NYCNJ FIRST Planning Committee

Monday, February 04, 2013

FLL Staten Island Qualifier 2013

Team#                       Organization                                                           Team Name                        Award
3969                           IS 27 Prall intermediate School                         Mustangs 2                          Programming
927                             IS 24R Myra S Barnes                                            Dark Knights                        Gracious Professionalism
3448                           NYC Parks                                                                Marauder Bots                    Innovative Solution
3967                           IS 27 Prall Intermediate School                         Mustangs                             Robot Performance 1st Place
5909                           St. Clare’s School                                                  Transformers 2                    Robot Performance 2nd Place
5910                           St. Clare’s School                                                  Transformers 3                    Strategy – Robot Design
5911                           St. Clare’s School                                                  Transformers 4                    Mechanical Design
12505                         Genesis at Bavarian                                             Purple Pandas                    Research
12735                         Genesis at Xaverian                                             Genesis Legosmiths            Teamwork
14535                         Genesis at Xaverian                                             Genesis Jedi                       Inspiration
2216                           PS 11                                                                          Tech tigers                           Presentation
5908                           St. Clare’s School                                                  Transformers 1                    Champions                                    

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Manhattan Qualifier Results - Teams Advancing to Javits

The list below are the teams that are advancing to Javits. 

1st  Team Number  8434 || Team Name Chapin Bots Team 2
2nd Team Number 7191 || Team Name Raging Tigers
3rd  Team Number 4191 || Team Name Hobbots
Inspiration Team Number 15551 || Team Name  S-Tech
Team Work  Team Number 10656 || Team Name  Lab Gators II
Gracious Professionalism Team Number 4605 || Team Name The hunter Hawkers

Research Team Number 14067 || Team Name The Waggers
Innovation Team Number 6225 || Team Name The Innovators
Presentation Team Number 8432 || Team Name Chapin Bots team 1

Mechanical design Team Number  13305 || Team Name Medabots
Project Team Number  3916 || Team Name MATobots
Strategy & Innovation Team Number 13777 || Team Name Droid Makers

Against all odds Team Number 10468 || Team Name k89 Cougers
Rising star Team Number 15241 || Team Name Digital Pride
Judges Team Number 13263 || Team Name Dwi Science

Robot performance 
1st Team Number 14856 || Team Name Hunter Probotics
2nd Team Number 7191 || Team Name Ragin Tigers
3rd Team Number 4192 || Team Name We got the Beep

Team Number 4603 || Team Name Hunter Games

Friday, January 18, 2013

Brooklyn 2012-13 Qualifier Results - Teams Advancing to Javits, March 9

Tournament Date: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013
There are 52 teams registered for Brooklyn, 44 teams registered to compete in Brooklyn, 42 showed up.  We advanced 23 teams.  Below are the award categories with descriptions and a list of school and team name.  Note:  in some categories there is a 1st and 2nd place due to the fact we have to advance so many teams, but normally there would be just one name in each category except robot performance and champion where 1st, 2nd, and 3rd rankings are standard.

Champion’s Award
This award recognizes a team that embodies the FLL experience, by fully embracing our Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and Project.

3rd place:               PS 213    The PS 213's Lego Dream Team (rookie team & first year in AMPS/CBSI)
2nd place:              IS 318     Blood, Sweat, and Gears (all boys team)
1st place:                PS 399    The Gear Hawks (2nd year winning 1st place champions)

Robot Design:
Mechanical Design
This award recognizes a team that designs and develops a mechanically sound robot that is durable, efficient and highly capable of performing challenge missions.
PS 8         Swagger Bots

This award recognizes a team that utilizes outstanding programming principles, including clear, concise and reusable code that allows their robot to perform challenge missions autonomously and consistently. 
2nd place:              IS 383     Skybots
1st place:                MS 113   Robotics Falcons All Star

Strategy & Innovation
This award recognizes a team that uses solid engineering practices and a well-developed strategy to design and build an innovative, high performing robot.
2nd Place:                               PS 11                       Mission 11
1st place:                                Sunset Park Prep     Lego My Eggo

Robot Performance 
This award recognizes a team that scores the most points during the Robot Game. Teams have a chance to compete in at least three 2.5 minute matches and their highest score counts. This is based on 3 rounds
3rd Place                Bedford Academy HS           Bedfordbots
2nd Place               PS 321                                                    NXT Lords
1st place                 PS 399                                                    Gear Hawks 

Project Awards
This award recognizes a team that utilizes diverse resources to formulate an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the problem they have identified.
2nd place                                PS5                                                          Lego Rockets
1st place                 Fort Greene Prep    Nanowolves

 Innovative Solution
This award recognizes a team’s solution that is exceptionally well-considered and creative, with good potential to solve the problem researched.
2nd place                                MS 57 Ron Brown Academy   MS 57 Ron Brown Academy
1st place                 Packer-Collegiate Institute     Bearded Bob

This award recognizes a team that effectively communicates the problem they have identified and their proposed solution to both the judges and other potential supporters.
Packer Collegiate Institute     Grandpa Bob's Whippersnappers

Core Values Awards 
This award celebrates a team that is empowered by their FLL experience and displays extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit.
PS 92      Technics

This award recognizes a team that is able to accomplish more together than they could as individuals through shared goals, strong communication, effective problem solving and excellent time management.
Fort Greene Prep    Nanocubs 

Gracious ProfessionalismTM 
This award recognizes a team whose members show each other and other teams respect at all times.  They recognize that both friendly competition and mutual gain are possible, on and off the playing field. 
2nd Place                PS 3 The Bedford Village        RoboTigers
1st place                 IS 318                              The Nanobytes (all girls team)

Judges Awards
During the course of competition the judges may encounter teams whose unique efforts, performance or dynamics merit recognition. Some teams have a story that sets them apart in a noteworthy way. Sometimes a team is so close to winning an award that the judges choose to give special recognition to the team. Judges Awards allow the freedom to recognize remarkable teams that stand out for reasons other than the Core Award categories.
Examples include:

Against All Odds 
This award goes to the team that improvises and overcomes a difficult situation while still making a respectable showing, with an attitude that shows, “We can overcome incredible odds if we never give up, no matter what!”
TYWLS Brooklyn   TYWLS Robotics

Rising Star 
This award recognizes a team that the judges notice and expect great things from in the future.
PS 8         Mission Master

Judges Award
PS 256                     256 Bots 

Due to PS 399 wining 2 awards the team with the next highest robot performance game score will compete in Javits:
PS 270     Robo-Warriors