Wednesday, November 18, 2015

NYCFIRST - Final List of Teams for 2015-16 Events

Team Number Team Name Organization

NYC FIRST Update November 17, 2015

Dear Teams,
By now you should be deep into the FLL season. It is time to start thinking about the upcoming qualifiers and other activities. This email is being sent to all coaches and assistant coaches as entered during registration. Please forward to anyone else in your school or organization who might need to be in the loop.

For those who don't know me I am Norm Scott, an NYCFIRST volunteer since I retired as a NYC teacher in 2002. My role is to communicate with the coaches to assist in any way I can. I run the blog Norms Robotics ( and post info on the main page and on the sidebar. Those who make make it to the next round in March will start hearing from me all too often after all qualifiers have been completed with updates on the final round.

We have almost 200 teams and every team MUST compete in a qualifier in order to go on to the finals at Javits Convention Center in March where about 80 finalists of the 200 teams will compete. I included a list of teams, their names, numbers and schools below and also on the blog. If you see something that needs changing let me know. The info is based on what you entered when registering.
IMPORTANT NOTE 2: NOTE THE DEADLINES FOR APPLYING - register for FLL Qualifiers in TIMS from Thursday November 19th at 6 a.m. until December 10th at 11 p.m. (There are 2 Manhattan qualifiers.)

As these can get filled up quickly we urge you to register early (but not often - only 1 qualifier to a team.)

For information on the specific qualifier a key person is the one running that event.  I post that info as I get it on the sidebar of the blog.

Other people to contact for info: Peter Xanthus at or Norm Sutaria at

Note that the latter Norm S is not me - yes Virginia, there is another Norm S - Norm Sutaria who thankfully has picked up many of the tasks I used to do, thus freeing me to bask in the joys of retirement.

Norm Sutaria has more details below.

Dear NYC FIRST LEGO League Coach, 

Welcome to the 2015-2016 Trash Trek season here in NYC! I hope this email finds you and your team making steady progress. 

We are currently slated to have six NYC FIRST Lego League Qualifiers in New York City. 

Registration for these events opens in TIMS on Thursday November 19th at 6 a.m. and closes on December 10th at 11 p.m.

Please register for only one event that is closest to your location. 
Saturday January 16th - CCNY FLL Qualifier - Capacity: 36 Teams

Saturday January 30th - Staten Island FLL Qualifier P.S. 51 - Capacity: 21 teams

Sunday January 31st - Queens FLL Qualifier George Ryan Middle School - Capacity: 36 teams

Saturday February 6th - Brooklyn FLL Qualifier at Xaverian High School - Capacity: 26 teams 

Saturday February 6th - Bronx FLL Qualifier at Horace Mann School  - Capacity: 20 teams

Saturday February 20th - Manhattan FLL Qualifier at the Dalton School - 35 teams.  

FLL Qualifier Registration Process

In order to streamline the registration and billing process this season, NYC FIRST will be handling all billing.  This is also helpful because NYC FIRST has a DOE Vendor Number. 

1) FLL Teams can register for FLL Qualifiers in TIMS from Thursday November 19th at 6 a.m. until December 10th at 11 p.m.

2) Teams will then be sent a quick survey to determine how they will be paying: check, credit card or purchase order. 

3) An invoice will be generated either through PayPal or, in the case of a check or purchase order, via email. 

4) Teams paying by check will have to note their team number and name on the check mailed to NYCFIRST.

5) NYC FIRST will inform all FLL Qualifiers of the teams who will be competing and their payment status. 

6) Teams will not be allowed to compete unless payment has been received. Only under extreme circumstances will teams be able to pay by check on the day of the event. Credit Cards will not be accepted at events. 

7) All teams will receive a receipt indicating payment and which qualifier they will be attending. 

Special NYC FIRST LEGO League Policy 

In order to promote equity at events, no more than seven teams from any one school or organization will be allowed to participate in any one qualifier. 

Questions? Concerns? 

Please contact Peter Xanthus at or Norm Sutaria at



Norm Sutaria
Director of Programs 

Thursday, November 05, 2015

NYCFIRST Update: Volunteers Needed for ALL Borough Qualifiers


You are receiving this email because you have in the past volunteered for our amazing organization FIRST.  We are once again having several upcoming FLL Borough Qualifiers, beginning in January 2016 (dates below).  We will also be conducting a series of FLL Judge & Referee trainings , dates will be forthcoming in another communication next week. In the meanwhile we are in DIRE need of volunteers for our events and would like to get the ball rolling with registering volunteers as early as possible.    Would be great to see you all again and also, please include your friends and family. The more the merrier.

Please see the event information below, sign up and select an event through the Volunteer Information Management System (VIMS) and contact me (or the volunteer coordinators) if you have any questions or concerns.  

I have also included links about the various FIRST programs below the event information in case you would like to learn more.  

Step 1  - Register in VIMS

If you need help, a VIMS User Guide can be found here:

All of our event volunteers need to register with our national volunteer database, as everyone needs to be screened through our Youth Protection Program (

Step 2 - Within VIMS, please select an event (or even multiple events) listed below:

FIRST Lego League FLL (FLL)
NYC FLL Volunteer Coordinator:
Elizabeth Almonte -

January 16th CCNY (Manhattan) - Day of Lead will be Ivan Estevez
January 31st Ryan MiddleSchool 216 (Queens) - Day of Lead Peter Xanthus
February 6th Xaverian High School (Brooklyn) Day of Leads - Meliisa Trachtenberg & James Schreiner
February 6th Horace Mann (Bronx) - Day of Leads - Al Davis & Jason Torres
February 20th The Dalton School (Manhattan) - Day of Lead Rob C.

Step 3 - A volunteer coordinator or event lead will contact you with details once you are assigned to an event!

What is NYC FIRST about?

Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders.

NYC FIRST (, the local affiliate of US FIRST (, has four programs where teams are presented with challenges and engineer robots to solve specific tasks.  But it's more than the robot - in addition to the problem-solving, engineering and technology skills young people develop, they also hone lifelong capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership.  

Our programs:

Jr. FIRST Lego League (Jr.FLL)
(ages 6-9; Grades 1-3)

FIRST Lego League (FLL)
(ages 9-12; Grades 4-8)

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)
(ages 12-18; Grades 7-12)

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns; I can direct you to the right person.

Kind regards,

Elizabeth Almonte
FIRST NYC Volunteer Coordinator