Sunday, February 28, 2016

Robotics: FIRST LEGO League March 12 - Volunteers Needed

If you are free for the day on March 12, you will have a blast volunteering, especially as a judge. And you might want to start this program in your own school next year.

I've been working with NYCFIRST as a volunteer since I retired in 2002. I handle the communications with the teacher/coaches. The area where the kids sit at tables is called the pits and I sit at the front on a desk taking care of any issues and needs of the teams, including doling out participation medals to each child.

If anyone would like to volunteer for the March 12 80-team event at Javits read below. FIRST LEGO League is for ages 9-14 year olds and we have schools from all over the city - public and private taking part in this year's theme Trash Trek. The winner goes to the internationals in St. Louis.
We also have a Junior FIRST Lego league exhibition for 6-9 year olds in the morning. Plus expos.
And at the same time about 70 high schools from around the metro area and from other states and nations will be taking part in a 3 day event (Friday-Sunday) in the big hall.
Farina is coming Sat morning I believe and possibly Mulgrew too - hope that doesn't scare anyone away. There is a lot of corporate support for this event though nothing from the DOE. Maybe this will change, though Uncle Joel used to come too and gave nada.
If you are not interested in volunteering, come down anyway - event is free and open to the public.
I will be handing the pit table in front of where all the FLL schools are based so come say hello.
Email me offlist if you want info. And you can see a list of FLL schools and teams at:

NYCFIRST Update: Teams Going to Championship Round on March 12, 2016

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From: ed notes online
Date: Sat, Feb 27, 2016 at 10:16 AM
Subject: [NORM'S ROBOTICS] March 12- Vounteers Needed for First LEGO League Championship at Javits

Last weekend we completed our FLL Qualifiers and THANK YOU for helping us this season.  We now need your help for the GRAND FINALE at Javits, Saturday, March 12th.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!! Many roles to fill, specifically Judges and Referees….you will be trained if you aren’t already.  Also needed, queuers, scorekeepers, field resetters,  day before set up volunteers, general volunteers, etc.  
We will be conducting Referee & Judge Trainings prior to the main event and I will send those details to the registered volunteers for these roles by end of this week.
Please FEEL in getting your friends and family involved. 
Please see the event information below; sign up and select an event through the Volunteer Information Management System (VIMS) and contact the volunteer coordinators if you have any questions or concerns. For information about the various FIRST programs please click here:

Step 1  - Register in the Volunteer Information Management System (VIMS)

All of our event volunteers need to register with our national volunteer database, as everyone needs to be screened through our Youth Protection Program (
Step 2 - Within VIMS, please select an event (or events) listed below:
(Most events run from 7:30-8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; breakfast and lunch provided)
FIRST Lego League FLL (FLL)
Volunteer Coordinator: Elizabeth Almonte -
 Friday, March 11th, 2016      -- FLL Citywide SET-UP – Javits Convention Center --- 4pm – 8pm shift
Saturday March 12, 2016 - FLL Citywide Championship - Jacob Javits Convention Center  
Friday-Sunday March 11-13, 2016 - Jacob Javits Convention Center - Manhattan
(You can volunteer one, two or all three days.)

A volunteer coordinator will contact you with details once you are assigned to an event!  Please feel free to reach out to them if you have any questions or concerns.

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