Monday, January 30, 2012

FLL - Food Factor: NYC FIRST Tournament...

NYC FIRST Tournament
2012

They're Going to Javits!

655 West 34th Street  New York

FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Winners

Bronx Qualifier
Champions Awards
1st - Knights of The Rectangular Table - Riverdale Country School
Performance
1st - Niles - MS 118
Core Values
Teamwork - Robotronics - Bronx Prep Charter School
Inspiration - HM Lions - Horace Mann
Gracious Professionalism - Bronx Brilliant Engineers - Young Athletes Association Mechanical
Robot Design
Mechanical Design - RoboTron - RoboMindTech
Programming - Ridder Kids - IS98
Strategy and Innovation - Techno Tigers - PS/MS 194
Research Project
Research - Bronx Task Force - Good Shepherd Services
Presentation - Bengal Tigerbots - PS 55 
Innovative Solution - CS 66 Brats - CS 66
Note the 2 teams below advanced because the 2 champions are also winners of the performance rounds so the next 2 performance round winners who did not place are advanced to round of the team advancement to 13
  • Qualifier No.1 - The Molecules - PS 195
  • Qualifier No 2 - The 76ers - PS 76
Manhattan Qualifier
Champions Award
1st - Alien Pi - The Dalton School
2nd - Raging Tigers - The Trinity School
3rd - Food Fighters - NYC Lab Middle School
Robot Design
Mechanical Design - Chelsea Transformers - Chelsea Prep Academy
Programming - Chapin Bots 2 - The Chapin School
Strategy & Innovation - Robo Rodeo - The Dalton School
Core Values
Inspiration - Thunderbots - Metropolitan Montessori School
Teamwork - Hunters to be Hunted - Hunter College High School
Gracious Professionalism - Angry Nerds - Hunter College High School
Research Project
Research - Digital Pride - The Gateway Middle School
Innovative Solution - Columbia Craft Crammers - Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School
Presentation - BISNY - British International School of New York
Rising Star: - MATbots - P.S. 126
Performance
1st - Chelsea Robot Rulers - P.S. 33 Chelsea Prep Academy
2nd - DROIDMakers - The Inwood Academy for Leadership
3rd - Chapin Bots 1 - The Chapin School

Brooklyn Qualifier
Champions Award
1st - Gear Hawk - P.S. 399
2nd - Falcon Robotic Allstars - M.S. 113
3rd - Skybots - I.S. 383
Robot Design
Mechanical Design - Lego My Eggo- M.S. 821
Programming
1st - Master Blasters - P.S. 94
2nd - Mission 11- P.S. 11
Strategy and Innovation
1st - Megaminds - P.S. 94
2nd - Banneker Bots - P.S. 256
Robot Performance
1st - Team: Master Blasters - P.S. 94
2nd - Team: Lego My Eggo - P.S. 821
3rd - Team: Megaminds - P.S. 94
Core Values
Gracious Professionals - Swedish Chef 2 - Packer Collegiate Institute
Inspiration - Bacteria Terminators - P.S. 9
Teamwork - Team [x]- P.S. 321
Project Research
Research
1st - Super Novas - Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women
2nd -  Brick Boyz - P.S. 58
Innovation
1st -  Germinators - P.S. 58
2nd -  Lego-nauts - P.S. 321
Presentation -  LegoMinds - P.S. 233
Judges’ Award - The Nerd Herd - St. Edmunds Elementary School
Against All Odds Awards - Nano Wolves - Fort Greene Preparatory Academy
Rising Stars - RoboTigers - P.S. 3
Rockbots - P.S. 321

Queens Qualifier
Champions Award
1st - Food Fighters - Forest Hills Robotics
2nd -  TopGearz - IS 119
3rd - RobGbots - Brics~2~Bots/RoboMindTech
Robot Design
Mechanical Design - Blood, Sweat, & Gears - IS 318
Programming - Slaughter Bots - The Garden School
Strategy - Ryan Lions - MS 216
Research Project
Research - Cambria Warbots - Cambria Heights School for the Gifted
Presentation - SuperBotz - IS 119
Innovative Solution - PandaBots - PS 94
Core Values
Inspiration - Clean'em Up Crew - IS 318
Teamwork - LegoBots - PS 128
Gracious Professionalism - 49er Miners - PS 49
Robot Performance
1st - Planetary Forces - Forest Hills Robotics
2nd - Food Fighters - Forest Hills Robotics
3rd - Robobeta - RoboMindTech
Judge's Award - GRIP - Forest Hills Robotics
Rising Star - The Phantoms - IS 192
Qualifier - Masterminds - MS 88

Staten Island Qualifier

(Sorry, I was not given the categories)
Panthers 1 - IS 75
Dryfus Torque 1 - IS 49
Genesis Legosmiths - Genesis at Xaverian
Dark Knights of 24 - IS 24
Panthers 2 - IS 75
Transformers 1 - St. Clares
Transformers 4 - St Clares
Eagles - Eltingville Lutheran
PAVE Bots - Pave Academy
Mustangs 2 - IS 27
Mustangs 3 - IS 27
Marauder Bots - Parks Dept.

Special Shout-Out!
to
L3GoBots Lady's team & mentee teams

Congrats!

Chapin Bots 1
Chapin Bots 2
Raging Tigers
Lego-nauts
Rockbots
RoboTron

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

LEGO Tech & Robotics: It's the Year of the Girls...


The Chinese New Year is January 23, 2012.  It is the year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac.

However, at the LEGO(R) Group, it’s the year of the girls!

LEGO in its efforts to get more girls involved in LEGO building has come out with a new line of kits for girl interests. In addition to their “Belville,”(ages 5-10) and their “Pink Brick Boxes – Duplo and regular bricks,”(2-5); there is now “Creative Cakes (Duplo) and “Friends” (6-12). Of course, the girls can also build cars, castles, and spaceships (there are a few female minifigures in those kits too).

P.S. I've noticed more girls winning in the LEGO Club Magazine Cool Creations Building Challenge!

Girls are also building and programming the LEGO Mindstorms NXT robots. There is an increasing number of girl participation in the FIRST robotics competitions around the world. Girl Scout teams, all-girl school teams, and private all-girl teams are competing in the FIRST LEGO League (ages 8-14), FIRST Tech Competition (HS), and FIRST Robotics (HS).

In the NYC regional, here are few that will be competing (if you know the names of other ALL-Girl teams, please send it to  brics2bots@gmail.com   so they can be listed:

roboGbots – Brics~2~Bots Academy & RoboMindTech Center (my team)
The Young Womens’ Leadership School
The Chapin School
Urban Assembly Institute of Math & Science for Young Women


And of course, we should give a special thanks to a couple of the women  LEGO Mindstorms NXT robot builders who paved the way:

Fay Rhodes - http://thenxtzoo.com/

Anika Vuurzoon - http://thenxtstep.blogspot.com/2012/02/lego-nxtified-friends-robolab-3933.html

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