Pace to host Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo and Manhattan FIRST LEGO Qualifying Tournament

Pace University, in partnership with Stuyvesant High School, will host the New York City FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Manhattan Qualifying Tournament for 9 to 14-year-olds this Sunday, December 2, 2007. The same day, Pace will also host the 2nd annual Junior FIRST LEGO League (JFLL) non-competitive Expo for children age 6 to 9. FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

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Contact
Cara Halstead Cea, (914) 906-9680, chalstead@pace.edu

PACE UNIVERSITY TO HOST JUNIOR FIRST LEGO LEAGUE ROBOT
EXPO FOR 6-9 YEAR-OLDS AND MANHATTAN QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT FOR 9-14-YEAR-OLDS

30+ teams of scientists as young as 6, plus 75 volunteers
to converge on Pace’s downtown campus for day of competition

Year’s theme encourages practical solutions for responsible energy use

New York, NY – Pace University, in partnership with Stuyvesant High School, will host the New York City FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Manhattan Qualifying Tournament for 9 to 14-year-olds this Sunday, December 2, 2007. The same day, Pace will also host the 2nd annual Junior FIRST LEGO League (JFLL) non-competitive Expo for children age 6 to 9. FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

Pace students and faculty members from the University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems are among the organizers and volunteers.

Date: Sunday, December 2, 2007
Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm
Location: Pace University, downtown campus, One Pace Plaza, just east of City Hall

Supported by the New York City FIRST LEGO League chapter, 15 to 20 teams of 9 to 14 year olds from the Borough of Manhattan will come together at Pace University’s downtown campus for a day of competition. Qualifying teams will go one to compete in the FLL expo in Manhattan in late January. The winners of that competition compete internationally. The schedule for Sunday’s qualifying tournament is as follows:
8:30-9:30 Registration
9:30-12:00 Judging (FLL) – Gym and Student Union
12:00-1:00 Parade of Teams– Gym
1:00-2:30 Robot Performance (FLL) – Gym
2:30 Awards (FLL) – Gym

The 2nd Annual Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo, a program for 6 to 9-year-olds, is expected to attract 12 teams, a 30 percent increase from last year. The schedule is as follows:
9:30-10:15 Registration
10:15-12:00 Team Showcase – Multipurpose Room
12:00-1:00 Parade of Teams (FLL and JFLL) and JFLL Awards – Gym

The approximately 75 volunteers will come from Pace students, staff, and faculty members, students from Stuyvesant High School, and industry professionals.

Unique to this event is the partnership between Pace University and Stuyvesant High School – and the fact that on the Pace NYC campus there will be students from all levels of schooling from first grade through graduate school working together to promote science and technology.

The FLL theme for this year is Power Puzzle, which is about understanding the elements of energy use in a world where people use more energy every day. The Power Puzzle missions get FLL teams to consider the energy choices available and how those choices affect the world. The teams are challenged to find practical solutions in their communities while considering the impacts their actions or inactions can have on their lives and the world. As they work to make the puzzle pieces fit, they must consider all parts of energy use, including how energy is made, stored, used and consumed, and how resulting waste is disposed of.

The FIRST organization was founded by inventor Dean Kamen to get children interested in and excited by technology. The FLL robotic competitions have become internationally recognized. A partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Company resulted in the formation of FIRST LEGO League (FLL) in 1998.

The pilot year had 200 teams participating. This year, nine years after the initial tournament, there are over 8000 teams internationally.

Pace to Host 48 Teams from Area Schools in “FIRST Lego League” Robotics Tournaments, Feb 10 & 11

Hundreds of students aged six to 14 and from close to 50 schools will flock to Pace University’s campuses in Pleasantville and Manhattan as the University’s Ivan G. Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems hosts tournaments in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL), created nine years ago through a partnership between LEGO Company and Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway Human Transporter, to encourage interest in science. FIRST is an acronym for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

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Contacts:
Cara Halstead Cea, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 914-906-9680, chalstead@pace.edu
or Bernice Houle, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace University, 914-773-3592, bhoule@pace.edu

Kids, robots, space elevators and pizza molecules featured in tournament this weekend

PACE UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES IN WESTCHESTER (PLEASANTVILLE)
AND MAHNATTAN TO HOST 48 TEAMS FROM NEW YORK AND CONNECTICUT SCHOOLS IN “FIRST LEGO LEAGUE” ROBOTICS TOURNAMENTS, SAT. AND SUN., FEB. 11 & 12

6-9 year olds in New York City to participate for the first time in“Junior FIRST LEGO League” Expo

NEW YORK CITY AND PLEASANTVILLE, NY, February 9, 2007 – Some of the students wrangling simulated “molecules” with colorful robots made from LEGO pieces this weekend will be as young as six years old.

They and others will demonstrate robots that manipulate atoms and molecules to do such things as build elevators to outer space with high-strength carbon tubes and centrifugal force, cure diseases with devices that travel through the body, create clothes that never get dirty and arrange the molecules that create the smell of pizza.

Hundreds of students aged six to 14 and from close to 50 schools will flock to Pace University’s campuses in Pleasantville and Manhattan as the University’s Ivan G. Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems hosts tournaments in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL), created nine years ago through a partnership between LEGO Company and Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway Human Transporter, to encourage interest in science. FIRST is an acronym for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

Media admission is by press pass for all events.
The events are open to the public free. They are run entirely by more than 150 volunteers, including Pace students, staff and faculty. Pace students referee; judges are from major corporations in the area including IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center, Apple Inc., and Evionyx. This is the fourth year Pace has sponsored a New York State Championship Tournament, the winner of which goes on to the World Tournament in Atlanta, Georgia in April.
In addition to their demonstrations, FLL Teams will show off their own research and ideas for applications of nanotechnology to improve lives. They will be judged on their missions, on robot design and programming, a 10-minute research presentation, and demonstrated teamwork.
In addition to helping at the tournaments, each semester Pace students in the Seidenberg School’s course in LEGO robotics learn to assemble and program LEGO robots and then teach in local schools. During the fall semester in New York City, Pace students worked with students from PS 188 in the Lower East Side. In Westchester, Pace students worked with White Plains Middle School, Good Council Academy, and Elmsford Middle School.

Scientists of the future. In both locations, tournaments for 6-9 year olds build on the increasing sophistication young children have about technology.

Last year at Pace’s Westchester campus, the Seidenberg School sponsored and managed the New York State pilot program for Junior FIRST LEGO League (JFLL) Expos, which began in the US three years ago. This year Pace is bringing the JFLL program to New York City for the first time, the only one taking place in the city.

Each year, the tournament has a different internationally announced challenge. This year it’s “Nano Quest,” simulating the hot scientific field of nanotechnology, where measurements range up to 100 nanometers—the size of only a few molecules. In the roles of visionaries and scientists, the FIRST LEGO League teams will explore amazing new technologies that will impact every facet of society, including medicine, computers and the environment.

Twenty-eight teams from New York and Connecticut will compete in the FLL and 20 teams will compete in the JFLL. At least one team is all girls, formed by the Girl Scout Council of Westchester/Putnam.

Saturday, February 10, 10:00-1:15
New York City Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo
Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY, Student Union, Level B
Eight pre-registered teams of 6-9 year olds from NYC

Sunday, February 11, 9:00-3:30
Lower Hudson FIRST LEGO League Tournament
Pace University Pleasantville Campus, 861 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville, NY, Goldstein Fitness Center, Entrance 3
Twenty-eight pre-registered teams of 9-14 year olds
Individual team judging is from 9:00am – 12:00pm. The best time to view the event is at noon when the Parade of Teams and Opening Ceremonies will take place in the Goldstein Fitness Center. The Robot Performance will take place at 1:20pm.

Lower Hudson Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo
Pace University Pleasantville Campus, 861 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville, NY, Entrance 3, Kessel Student Center, Gottesman Room

Twelve pre-registered teams of 6-9 year olds from Westchester County and the surrounding area will gather at Pace Pleasantville for the Second Annual JFLL Expo.

Towns and neighborhoods involved: 6-9 year olds: Participants in the New York City JFLL Expo are from Staten Island, Long Island City, Forest Hills, Levittown, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Lower Hudson JFLL participants this year are from five cities in NY – Ardsley, Hastings-on-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, Levittown, Holmes, and three cities in CT – Stamford, Woodbury and Granby.
9-14 year olds: Teams competing in the Lower Hudson FLL Tournament are from: Ossining, Mount Kisco, Pleasantville, Yorktown Heights, Briarcliff Manor, Valhalla, Poughkeepsie, East Fishkill, Bedford, Scarsdale, Chappaqua, Yonkers, Lagrangeville, Thiells, White Plains, PS# 188 in New York City and Stamford, CT.
Additional informationIn 1998, the FIRST Organization, founded by inventor Dean Kamen, creator of the Segway Human Transporter, teamed up with the LEGO Company to create FIRST LEGO League which now has 60,000 participants. For more information, visit: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/default.aspx?pid=21380# and http://www.usfirst.org/jrobtcs/flego.htm
For additional information on Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems visit http://csis.pace.edu.

Pace University to Host Colorful LEGO League Tournament

Twenty-five teams of children, ages 9-14, from New York State and New Hampshire schools, Girl Scout troops and neighborhoods will demonstrate competing ways of building and programming a robot using LEGO sets that address how the health, biodiversity, and productivity of the world’s oceans can be sustained for present and future generations.

Contacts:

Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

or Bernice Houle, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace University, 914-773-3592, bhoule@pace.edu

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February 6, 2006

PACE UNIVERSITY TO HOST 25 TEAMS FROM LOCAL SCHOOLS

IN COLORFUL LEGO LEAGUE TOURNAMENT

This year’s challenge – “Ocean Odyssey”

WHAT: Twenty-five teams of children, ages 9-14, from New York State and New Hampshire schools, Girl Scout troops and neighborhoods will demonstrate competing ways of building and programming a robot using LEGO sets that address how the health, biodiversity, and productivity of the world’s oceans can be sustained for present and future generations.

WHEN: Sunday, February 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opening ceremonies at 12:15 p.m.

WHERE: Pace University, Pleasantville Campus, Goldstein Fitness Center

Media admission by press pass. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Bernice J. Houle, (914) 773-3592, bhoule@pace.edu .

WHO: Twenty-four teams from NY and one team from NH will compete in the FIRST LEGO League. Eleven teams from NY will compete in the Jr. FIRST LEGO League. At least one all-girl team will compete, including a team formed by the Girl Scout Council of Westchester/Putnam.

The tournament is run entirely by volunteers, including Pace students, staff and faculty. Pace students will serve as referees. Judges are from major corporations in the area, including IBM, T.J. Watson Research Center, Apple Computing, and Evionyx.

The FIRST Organization, founded by inventor Dean Kamen, creator of the Segway Human Transporter, has teamed up with the LEGO Company to create FIRST LEGO League. Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems will host the Lower Hudson FIRST LEGO League Tournament, an annual event that over the last three years has encouraged children to use their imagination, work with LEGO sets, and learn about science and technology in a fun and exciting way. Each year, the tournament has a different internationally announced challenge. This year’s is “Ocean Odyssey.”

Teams will present robotics technology solutions they have researched to perform missions like deploying a submarine, servicing a pipeline, releasing a dolphin, and cleaning up a cargo shipping accident. In addition to the tournament missions, the teams will be judged on robot design and programming, a 10-minute research presentation, and demonstrated teamwork.

This year, the Lower Hudson Tournament is also sponsoring Jr. FIRST LEGO League for 6-9 year olds. Eleven teams from New York State have each been building a model depicting newly-discovered marine life (plant or animal), and a motorized submarine, water vehicle or scuba diver to explore their models and those of others. At the tournament, the teams will connect their base plate to other plates to create a huge underwater scene.

Web sites:

FIRST Organization http://www.usfirst.org/jrobtcs/flego.htm

CSIS at Pace http://csis.pace.edu

Pace University to Host FIRST LEGO League Tournament

The FIRST Organization, founded by inventor Dean Kamen, creator of the Segway Human Transporter, has teamed up with the LEGO Company to create FIRST LEGO League. Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) will host the FIRST LEGO League Tournament, an annual event that over the last six years has encouraged children to use their imagination, work with LEGOs, and learn about science and technology in a fun and exciting way.

Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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January 26, 2004

PACE UNIVERSITY TO HOST FIRST
(FOR INSPIRATION AND RECOGNITION OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)
LEGO LEAGUE TOURNAMENT

This year’s challenge — Mission: Mars

WHAT: The FIRST Organization, founded by inventor Dean Kamen, creator of the Segway Human Transporter, has teamed up with the LEGO Company to create FIRST LEGO League. Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) will host the FIRST LEGO League Tournament, an annual event that over the last six years has encouraged children to use their imagination, work with LEGOs, and learn about science and technology in a fun and exciting way. This is the first time the tournament will be held in Westchester County and hosted by Pace University. Each year, there is a different internationally announced challenge for the tournament. This year’s challenge is Mission: Mars.

Teams of children, ages 9-14, from local schools, Girl Scout troops, and neighborhoods, have been presented with the task of designing a robotic device using LEGOs to explore and colonize a simulated, tabletop version of the Martian surface. In addition to the predetermined tournament missions that the robot will need to complete, the teams will be judged on robot design and programming, a 10-minute research presentation, and demonstrated teamwork.

WHO: Groups competing in the tournament include a team sponsored by the Westchester/Putnam Girl Scout Council, an all-girl team sponsored by MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) of White Plains Middle School, teams from other local schools (Greenburgh 7, St. Augustine’s in Ossining, St. Pius X in Scarsdale, Fox Lane Middle School) and a number of independent teams.

The tournament is run completely by volunteers, including CSIS students, staff and faculty, and members of the Westchester community. Teams of CSIS students have created a Web site to disseminate information about the tournament, have learned the Lego Mindstorms programming package and will staff an online help desk for teams and coaches during the event. CSIS students and recent graduates will serve as referees. Judges are from major corporations in the area, including IBM TJ Watson Research, Apple Computer, and Quintel Consulting.

WHEN: Sunday, February 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opening ceremonies at noon.

WHERE: Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Goldstein Fitness Center, 861 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville, NY

For more information or to volunteer, contact Bernice Houle, (914) 773-3492, bhoule@pace.edu .

Web sites:

FIRST Organization http://www.usfirst.org/jrobtcs/flego.htm
CSIS at Pace http://csis.pace.edu