Saturday, February 23, 2013

Book Review: The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide...





LEGO builders who have bought The Unofficial Builder’s Guide I am sure will agree that it is a great addition to their LEGO® library. However, some of us might have bee a little disappointed to find that the Technic® chapter was eliminated.

Well, there is good news, The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide by Pawel “Sariel” Kmiec (No Starch Press) not only fills the missing chapters from the old Builder’s Guide, but also expands on them giving the LEGO Technic builder an excellent guide to building with Technic elements.

This book is in beautiful color with copious illustrations showing the reader tips on how to build sturdy Technic creations. The book takes you from the basic Technic elements showing you how to use them to the mechanics of gearing, pneumatics, and motors (Technic, RCX, Power Functions) to advanced mechanics of wheeled steering, suspensions, and transmissions (if you are not familiar with building transmissions, the chapter on them will definitely help you). The book is loaded with awesome ideas.

I highly recommend The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide , because it is definitely a valuable source information for the Technic builder, the LEGO model builder who wants to incorporate Technic elements and the Mindstorms® robotics builder.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

FLL - Senior Soiutions: NYC FIRST Regionals Qualifiers...

They are going to Javits!


Saturday March 9, 2013
8:00am - 3:00pm

Brooklyn

Champions Award
1st place -  - PS 399 - Gear Hawks
2nd place - - IS 319K - Blood, Sweat, and Gears
3rd place - - PS 213K - 213 LEGO Dream team

Robot Awards
Robot Performance
1 st place - 7398 -PS 399K - Gear Hawks
2nd place - 7844 - PS 321K - NXT Lords
3rd place - - Bedford Academy HS - Bedfordbots

Mechanical Design
PS 8K - 2331 - Swagger Bots

Programming
1st place -7406 - MS 113K - Robot Falcons All Star
2nd place - 2048 - IS 383K - Skybots

Strategy and Innovation
1st place - 13273 - Sunset Park Prep - Lego My Eggo
2nd - 7405 - PS 11K - Mission11

Projec Awards
Research
1st place - 13859 - Fort Greene Prep - Nanowolves
2nd place - 7414 - PS 5K -Lego Rockets

Innovation
1st place - 12179 - Packer-Collegiate Institute - Beard Bob
2nd place -7424 - MS 57 - Ron Brown Acadeny

Presentation
12177- Packer-Collegiate Institute - Grandpa Bob's Whippersnappers

Core Value Awards
InspiraKtion
10773 - PS 92 - Technics

Teamwork
- Fort Greene Prep - Nanocubs

Gracious Professionalism
1st. place - 7408 - IS 318K - Nanobytes
2nd - 7412 - PS 3K - Robot Tigers

Against All Odds
12831 - The Young Women's Leadership School - TYWLS Robotics

Rising Star
- PS 8K - Mission Maker

Judge's Award
7413 - PS 256K - 256 Bots

Advancing
7419 - PS 270 Rovo-Warriors

Manhattan

Champions Award
1st place - 8434 - Chapin School - Chapin Bots 2
2nd. place - 7191 - Trinity School - Raging Tigers I
3rd - 4191 - Dalton - Hobbots

Robot Awards
Robot Performance
1st place - 14856 - Hunter College Campus - Hunter Probotics
2nd place - 7191 - Trinity - Raging Tigers II
3rd place - 4192 - Dalton - We Got the Beep

Mechanical Design
13305 - Graham Windham - Medabots

Programming
3916 - PS 126M - MATobots

Strategy and Innovation
13777 - Inwood Academy - Droid Makers

Project Awards
Research
14067 - Columbia Grammar and Prep - The Waggers

Innovation
6225 - PS 28M - The Innovators

Presentation
8432 - Chapin School - Chapin Bots 1

Core Values
Inspirations
15551 - Columbia Grammar and Prep - S-Tech

Teamwork
10656 - NYC Lab School - Lab Gators II

Gracious Professionalism
4805 - Columbia - Hunter Hawkers

Against All Odds
10468 - IS 289M - K89 Cougers

Rising Star
15247 - Gateway School - Digital Pride

Judges' Award
13263 - Dwight School - DWI Science

Advancing
4603 - Hunter College Campus - Hunter Games

Staten Island

Champion's Award
5908 - St. Clare's - Transformers 1

Robot Awards
Robot Performance
1st place - 3967 - IS 27 - Mustangs 1
2nd place - 5909 - St. Clare's - Transformers 2

Mechanical Design
5911 - St. Clare's - Transformers 4

Strategy and Innovation
5910 - St. Clare's - Transformers 3

Programming
3969 - IS 27 - Mustangs 2

Project
Research
12505 - Genesis at Xaverian - Purple Pandas

Innovation
3448 - NYC Parks - Marauder Bots

Presentation
2216 - PS 11 - Tech Tigers

Core Values
Inspiration
14535 - Genesis at Xaverian - Genesis Jedi

Teamwork
12735 - Genesis at Xaverian - Genesis Legosmiths

Gracious Professionalism
927 - IS 24 - Dark Knights

Bronx

Champion's Award
4442 - RoboMindTech - Robotron

Robot Awards
Robot Performance
1st place - 4442 - RoboMindTech - Robotron
2nd place - 1235 - B.R.A.T.S.

Mechanical Design
16165 - PS 153X - Robotronics

Strategy and Innovation
8135 - Horace Mann School - Basement Cubs

Programming
10452 - IS 98X - Ridder Kids

Project
Research
11810 - Family Life Academy - RoboSapiens

Innovation
4443 - RoboMindTech - RoboRockets

Core
Inspiration
7756 - MS 45X Beacon - Bronx Task Force

Teamwork
15139 - Riverside Country School - NXT Generation

Gracious Professionalism
7427 - Madiba Prep Middle School - Madibabots

Honorable Mention
14487 - PS 89X - Robotics 89

QUEENS
(Sorry, I was not given the awards categories)

509 - Brics~2~Bots - Dragonbots

5086 - Brics~2~Bots - NYCityzens

3713 - MS 215Q - Ryan Lions

13309 - JHS 185 - Bleeker Stars

123` - IS 119 - Top Gears

1233 - IS 119 - Superbotz

4094 - Forest Hills Robotics - Gear Masters

4095 - Forest Hills Robotics - Mindstorm Mechanics

4096 - Forest Hills Robotics - Planetary Forces

13460 - RoboMindTech - RoboBeta

4739 - Resurrection Ascension - RA Tech Titans

4604 - Queens Robotics Club - Queens Robotic Club

764 - MS 88Q - MasterMinds

763 - MS 88 - MasterMinds2

16179 - IS 192 - RoboFusion

2707 - MS 227Q - TNT Bulldogs


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