First Lego League Brooklyn qualification
400 students from all over Brooklyn raved about the 6 Metrotech Center on the NYU-Poly campus this weekend NYC first Lego League Brooklyn Qualifier for the city-wide Lego Robot Championship. 35 teams competed at the event and 18 took home prizes ranging from the best robot performance to innovative solutions and programming.
The NYU poly The Center for K12 MINT Education, which we wrote about earlier, organized the event. It also helped many teams prepare by making graduates available to help various classrooms prepare to attend. Ben yawn, Director of the center, explained how this effort made it possible to level the playing field between teams and involve schools from across Brooklyn.
“We are making special efforts to give all schools the opportunity to participate,” said Esner. The event consists mainly of traditional public schools, but others also participate.
Students could measure themselves against the performance of their robots or in research projects. The teams that won prizes at the event will compete in a citywide competition on April 5th at the Javits Center.
In this year’s competition, the students have to solve a series of tasks with their robots on a simulated natural disaster field.
Tech-wise, Brooklyn was speaking to a five-year veteran of the game, Ivan, of MS442: the school for innovation, who explained that his team mainly uses the robot kit that came out of the box.
His main modifications were a bumper and arm that helped him push and control the ambulance to be rescued. His teammate, Precious, told us that she joined the team two years ago because she had always been interested in computers.
Jawad, from PS3, also explained his team’s research project to us. He said his group’s students were interested in using drones for rescue missions after hearing about the disaster in the Philippines. During the research component he was involved in the presentation of two robotic drones with 3D models.
One was a flying drone with a camera and heavy payload capability. The second was ground based, with a drill and plow to move through rubble. He said, “I’ve seen people in the Philippines who were in trouble, so we decided to develop machines that would help.”
Jawad’s teacher, Ryan Cain, is one of the refresher coaches for the Brooklyn event, and his classroom is also supported by a Poly graduate.
To attend the events, Esner explained that a team would need about $ 450 for the basic robot kit. They also need the entry fee to enter a competition, which costs around $ 200, but that includes a model game board that they can use to simulate the competition in class. Students know exactly what tasks to do when they come to a competition.
Here are the full results:
|Award received||Team #||Team name||School name|
|Robot performance first place||1869||Master blaster||PS94K The Henry Longfellow|
|research||2458||Mission master||PS 8 Robert Fulton School|
|First place of the champion||2581||Royal way||Salve Regina Catholic Academy|
|mechanical construction||10700||Nanowolves||Fort Greene Prep|
|innovative solutions||5848||Tsunami bytes||IS 318 Eugenio Maria De Hostos|
|Rising star||10661||Blood, sweat and gears||IS 318 Eugenio Maria De Hostos|
|collaboration||10064||Packer FLL2||Packer College Institute|
|inspiration||10654||Equipment hawks||Stanley Eugene Clark PS 399|
|Robot performance third place||10680||Robo warriors||PS 270 Johann DeKalb|
|presentation||12414||The LEGO Mindblowers||PS 261|
|Promotion to the championship||15555||Banneker bots||PS 256|
|Champion / Robot Performance Second place||16628||Sunset Park Prep – Lego My Eggo||Sunset Park Prep (Middle School 821)|
|Against all odds||16966||Lego Force||MS 442|
|Strategy and innovation||17515||MS 50 warriors||John D. Wells Middle School 50th|
|Friendly professionalism||10698||Madibots||Madiba Prep Middle School|
|Third place of the master||10672||Lego Legacy 366||MS 366 Middle School for Science and Medicine|
|Jury Prize||10689||Panthers robotics||Crispus Attucks PS 21|
|programming||10685||Lego legends||Community Partnership Charter School|