Posted January 14th, 2011
The 11th annual Brooklyn qualifying round of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League (FLL) robotics challenge, held at the gymnasium of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly), was attended by more than 400 Brooklyn middle schoolers.
The competition ended with 22 teams making it to the Citywide FLL Robotics final in March.
Equipped with kits and instructions, high school students from 38 different schools will spend the next eight weeks preparing for the intense competition, which will require them to create and program their robots to hang geometric shapes on a grid during the citywide FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC).
Sponsors to this year's FIRST events at NYU-Poly were Time Warner Cable's East Region/NYC, Consolidated Edison, Swiss Re and the David L. Klein Jr. Foundation; NYU-Poly is the affiliate partner.
NYU-Poly supports robotics/mechatronics initiatives in 18 low-income schools as part of the Central Brooklyn STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Initiative (CBSI). The initiative is a public-private partnership supported by The Black Male Donor Collaborative, the Brooklyn Community Foundation, Motorola Foundation, J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation, XEROX Foundation, NY Space Grant Consortium and Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, and the supporting graduate fellows program receives major funding from National Science Foundation's GK-12 Fellows Program.