Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A LEGO Brickumentary...

If you are a young or adult fan of LEGO, you might want to see this Tribeca film, Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary playing in NYC, NY April 20, 22, & 26th.

The film is described as a "playfully delves into the extraordinary impact of the LEGO brick , its massive global fan base, and the innovative uses for it that have sprung up around the world." 

Ian Hollander

As an AFOLR (Adult Fan Of LEGO & Robotics, I am definitelt going to see this film! 

Tickets: $20.50


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Book Review: The LEGO Adventure Book Vol. 2...

    LEGO fans, if you have had an opportunity to peruse or own a copy of The LEGO® Adventure Book: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs, and More! (Vol. 1) by Megan Rothrock, No Starch Press, 2012, you will definitely want to have The LEGO® Adventure Book: Spaceships, Pirates, Dragons and More! (Vol. 2) by Megan Rothrock, No Starch Press, 2013. The adventure continues; in the style of Vol. 1, Vol. 2 is written in a story/comic book style with color photos of LEGO scenes, models, and step-by-step building instructions.

    This time minifig Megs (a.k.a. the author) and her sidekick – “brickbot” are off on another globe trotting adventure in her Transport-o-Lux visiting eleven LEGO builders extraordinaire. This time though there is a sinister, evil dude – Destructor & his evil robots – Badbot & Badulator. Her adventure takes her around the world visiting various AFOL (Adult Fans Of LEGO) builders representing different genres of LEGO builders who have a wide range of occupations: brick artist to science teacher to bicycle mechanic to TV Journalist to SQL Programmer.

    At each stop Destructor & his evil robots – Badbot & Badulator have destroyed a model, so Megs gives instructions on how to rebuild/build the model - a rather cleaver way of connecting the model building into a storyline. The storyline is written in text bubbles with cartoon LEGO characters. There are also text boxes offering tips and techniques from the featured builders. For each builder there are color instructions for one featured model, simple instructions for smaller models or part a major model, and pictures of a few of their other awesome models, as well as, web addresses to see more of the builders’ work. Also, featured in this volume is the use of LEGO Power Functions.


    This book, like Vol. 1, will be a source of inspiration for LEGO builders/fans of all abilities and ages. As a bonus, if you order the hard copy of the book from No Starch Press, you can get a free ebook for your tablet device, which is great for following picture instructions, because you can zoom in on the picture.

    I liked all of the creative models in this book, but if I was to pick a couple of favorites the Fire Tragon, Blue Eagle, Gingerbread House, and the Lookout Hut.

    In all, I am enjoying The LEGO® Adventure Book: Spaceships, Pirates, Dragons and More! (Vol. 2) by Megan Rothrock, No Starch Press and I am looking forward to a Vol. 3 in the near future; at the end it did say, 

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

NYC FLL Winners...


Winners of the 2014 NYC FLL

Team #

Team Name


Master Blasters
PS94K The Henry Longfellow School
Presentation – 3rd Place


Boogie Bots
Louis Pasteur Middle School
Research – 1st Place


SRCA Royal Sages
Salve Regina Catholic Academy
 Inspiration – 3rd Place


Sonic Gears
Home Team
Research – 2nd Place


Quantum Club
Ms. Lisa Gaye Sechy
Research – 3rd Place


Eltingville Lutheran School Eagles
Eltingville Lutheran School
Gracious Professionalism - 3rd Place


Flood Fighters
Forest Hills Robotics League
Mechanical Design – 2nd Place


Mindstorm Mechanics
Forest Hills Robotics League
Innovative Solution – 3rd Place


Forest Hills Robotics League
Innovative Solution – 2nd Place


Ryan Lions
Ryan Middle School  216
Robot Performance - 1st Place


Team Elite
Afterschool Program
Presentation – 2nd Place


PS/IS 119
 Inspiration – 2nd Place


PS/IS 119
Robot Performance - 2nd Place


PS/IS 119
 Gracious Professionalism - 1st Place


St. Clare's Transformers 2
St. Clare's School
Champion’s - 1st Place
Robot Performance 3rd Place


Prall Intermediate School
Programming – 3rd Place


Mustangs 3
Prall Intermediate School
 Teamwork – 3rd Place


PS 94 Hurricane Pandas
PS 94Q the David D. Porter School
Champion’s - 2nd Place


Bleeker All Stars
Bleeker JHS 185
Strategy & Innovation – 1st Place


RoboTron II
Mechanical Design – 1st Place


The Blizzards
The Chapin School
Programming – 2nd Place


Wild Fire
The Chapin School
Strategy & Innovation – 2nd Place


Tech Titans
Resurrection Ascension School
Innovative Solution – 1st Place


The Automators
Neighborhood Group
Inspiration – 1st Place


Team Karakuri
P.S. 199Q
Gracious Professionalism - 2nd Place


NXT Generation
Riverdale Country School
Teamwork – 1st Place


the Flash
Genesis at Xaverian
Teamwork – 2nd Place


Cloudy with a Chance of Robots
Dalton School
Programming – 1st Place


Robo Rabbits
Dalton School
Strategy & Innovation – 3rd Place


Trinity Gold Team
Trinity School
Presentation – 1st Place


74Robo Hawks
OST at MS 74
Mechanical Design – 3rd Place


Sunset Park Prep - Lego My Eggo
Sunset Park Prep (Middle School 821)
Judge’s Award


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

NYC FIRST Mega-Celebration...


14th Anniversary New York City FIRST Mega-Celebration of
Science and Technology

New York City FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) along with over 200 robotics teams from the New York tri-state area, Brazil, Canada, Turkey and the United Kingdom will compete over a three day mega competition weekend, with winning teams advancing to the global competition.
The FIRST Mega-Celebration brings three intense robotics competitions under one roof. Watch as FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST LEGO® League student teams compete to win the regional competition and for a chance to go onto the global competition. Also, join us for a career fair, where you will be able to talk to college representatives and fortune companies about careers in technology.
April 4-6, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Jacob Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th St., New York, NY 10001
Download Full Program Agenda and Layout


New York City FIRST Robotics Competition  
Saturday, April 5 & Sunday, April 6
An exciting sports-like tournament with 66 competing high school teams of future technologists and entrepreneurs.
View the FIRST Robotics Competition AgendaDownload FRC Pit Map & Team List

New York City FIRST Tech Challenge ExpoSunday, April 610:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

New York City FIRST LEGO League Championship
Saturday, April 580 middle school teams of technological innovators, exploring the cutting-edge world of Biomedical Engineering selected from among 190 teams across the City at borough qualifying tournaments.
View the FIRST LEGO League Championship Agenda

New York City  Jr FIRST LEGO League Expo   
Saturday, April 5
View the Jr FIRST LEGO League Expo Agenda

New York City FIRST Science and Technology College and Career Expo
Friday, April 4 – Sunday, April 6
 exhibitors, including colleges and universities offering FIRST scholarships and major corporations informing students about careers in science and technology.


Transportation and Parking

Public Transportation: 
Take any train stopping at 34th  - MADISON SQUARE STATION Stop – and walk West two blocks or take the crosstown bus to Jacobs Javits ( ticket is $2.50 and transfer to bus is free with your subway card). 
MTA train schedule:
Parking Near Javits:
There is no parking at the Javits Center.  However, there are a variety of lots open nearby, ranging from 24-hour, 7-days a week, to more limited service. If you have any questions make sure to call ahead.
Advance 249 West 43rd Street, 212.221.8902
Astor Parking Corporation 1515 Broadway at 44th Street, 212.869.3543
Central Parking System
  • 441 9th Avenue (between 34th and 35th Streets)
  • 416 West 36th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)
  • 417 W. 35th Street (between 9th and Dyer Avenues)
  • 1 Penn Plaza (between 7th and 8th Avenues)
  • 305 West 34th Street (at 8th Avenue)
  • For rates and hours of operation call 800-836-6666.
Enterprise Parking System
  • 455 West 37th St.
  • 505 West 37th St.
  • 404 West 37th St.
  • 451 10th Ave.
  • 444 10th Ave.
  • 447 West 35th St.
MP 41 LLC 475 West 41st Street, (212) 594-2000
MP Manhattan Plaza LLC 471 West 42nd Street, (212) 279-5213
Quik Park
  • West 41st Street LLC – 601 West 41st Street
  • West 42nd Street LLC – 600 West 42nd Street
  • Both Garages have entrances on 41st and 42nd between 11th Ave. and West Side Hwy.
Square Industries 306 West 44th Street, 212.247.5807
Times Square Park 220 West 41st Street, 212.730.1777
Atelier Park Right 670 West 43rd street Between 11th and 12th Avenues, www.parkright.