The Journal News: Suffern High Robotics Heading to World Championships

The Journal News ran an article on Suffern High School robotics team that won the Hudson Valley championship at Pace University in January.

The Journal News ran an article on Suffern High School robotics team that won the Hudson Valley championship at Pace University in January.

From The Journal News:

Some Suffern High School students are hoping their robots can reach high enough to outsmart the competition this Saturday and next month.

The students on the school’s robotics team won the Hudson Valley championship at Pace University in January, entitling them to take one of their two team robots to a mega competition in St. Louis, Miss., in April.

This Saturday, the team will first compete at the Jacob Javits Center in New York to try to qualify their second robot to enter the St. Louis event.

“We’re pretty young at this, and we’re pretty excited that a team only three years old is going to nationals,” said team adviser George Mugno, who teaches mathematics and engineering at Suffern High.

Find the team at their site and on Facebook.

Read the rest of the article at the Journal News Rockland edition.

High School Students to Compete in FIRST Tech Challenge at Pace with Robots they Designed and Built

The Hudson Valley FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics event for high school students will be hosted by the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University this Sunday. This is the first time this popular, growing competition is being held in the lower Hudson Valley.

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Contact:

Cara Cea, Manager of Public Information, Pace University, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

Note: Photos of robotics competitions are available at www.USFIRST.org

PACE UNIVERSITY TO HOST F.I.R.S.T. TECH CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Blue and red robots will battle for control of balls to score in three goals

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, February 19, 2010 – The Hudson Valley FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics event for high school students will be hosted by the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University this Sunday. This is the first time this popular, growing competition is being held in the lower Hudson Valley.

In this program, students between 14 and 18 years old design, build and program robots using the LEGO Mindstorms NXT system, then use them to meet a challenge. This year’s challenge is a game called “HotShot!”

The game is played by four robots at a time on a 12 foot by 12 foot field. Robots form red and blue teams. Teams start on opposite sides of the field in spots designated by color coded squares, aiming for goal areas on and off the field. There are tall dispensers full of balls at each corner of the field with a board beneath each dispenser, angled toward the center of the field, making the balls roll in different directions. The robots try to score under the direction of the student teams.

A video of the HotShot game challenge kick-off can be viewed at www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/content.aspx?id=962&terms=HOT+SHOT

Date: Sunday, February 21, 2010

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Pace University, Pleasantville, Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health and Fitness Center, 861 Bedford Rd., entrance 3.

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

High School students from the following areas will compete at Pace on Sunday:

Pleasantville, NY

Gouverneur, NY

Haymarket, VA

Newark, DE

Westport, CT

Bridgewater, NJ

Staten Island, NY

East Brunswick, NJ

Hingham, MA

Yonkers, NY

Coatesville, PA

Edison, NJ

Hewlett, NY

Chatham, NJ

Ft. Washington, PA

Lexington, MA

New York, NY

Suffern, NY

Teams of up to 10 students design, build, and program robots to compete in this sports-like event. Awards are given for competition as well as for research, community outreach and design. Teams typically compete in one or more regional tournaments and the best teams go on to the world championship held in Atlanta in April. Up to 48 teams compete at each event.

Pace hosted the regional FIRST LEGO League tournament for middle school aged children in grades 4-8 for several years. This is the first time Pace will host the FIRST tech challenge.

FTC is the newest and fastest-growing FIRST tournament. Last year, more than 1,000 teams participated nationwide. Participation is expected to be even greater this year.

There are scholarship opportunities for students who participate in FIRST, including one offered by Pace for those interested in studying computing in the Seidenberg school. For additional information regarding FIRST, FTC, and scholarship opportunities, visit: www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/ or http://seidenberg.pace.edu/FIRST/.

For more information about Sunday’s tournament, go to www.seidenberg.pace.edu/FIRST/ or contact Bernice Houle at bhoule@pace.edu or Richard Kline at rkline@pace.edu.

About FIRST®

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, an entrepreneur and inventor who is best-known for inventing the Segway Scooter. The organization was established “to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership” with the hope that they will be motivated to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

FIRST competitions include the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for high-school students, FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S. and Canada) and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL) for 6 to 9-year-olds. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.

About Pace University

For 104 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

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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