Gearing Up

Watch this one-hour documentary chronicles behind-the-scenes drama and excitement leading up to the 2008 FIRST Robotics Competition. Teams receive identical robot kits with no instructions and have just six weeks to build a robot capable of performing specific tasks.

The documentary follows four teams through their regional competitions. Miss Daisy is a seasoned team from Ambler, Pennsylvania. RoboDoves is a small, all-girl rookie team from Baltimore, Maryland. Rambotics is a team of teenagers incarcerated at the Ridge View Academy correctional facility for boys in Watkins, Colorado. And Ratchet Rockers is a group of suburban kids from Wentzville, Missouri, near St. Louis.

All of the young people and their mentors demonstrate the ingenuity, determination and teamwork required to compete in FIRST Robotics – “the varsity sport of the mind.”

For New Jersey viewers, this documentary will be shown on NJN on November 2, 2009, 9:00 PM, and repeat on NJN2 for the remainder week, check local listing and time.

  • NJN1 Verizon Fios channel 515 or Comcast channel 261
  • NJN2 Verizon Fios channel 476 or Comcast channel 262

For airing schedule outside of NJ, see listing and time.

Filed under: FLL, FRC, FTC, Feature, JFLL, Media Coverage — andrew @ 7:42 pm on October 22, 2009

FIRST Orientation Session

Schools Exploring a participation in a FIRST Robotics Program, come join us and hear from veteran teams, get answers to your questions, and help with next steps!

Where: Polytechnic Institute of NYU, Six Metrotech Center- Brooklyn NY 11201
When: Friday, October 2, 2009 (16:00 PM - 18:00 PM)

Filed under: FRC, FTC, New York — andrew @ 8:50 pm on October 06, 2009

Brunswick Eruption

Brunswick Eruption 8 - FRC offseason event

Where: North Brunswick Township High School, North Brunswick, NJ
When: Saturday, October 31, 2009 (07:00 AM - 17:00 PM)

Filed under: FRC, New Jersey — andrew @ 8:45 pm on October 06, 2009

Duel on the Delaware

Duel on The Delaware 2009 - FRC offseason event

Where: Salem County Community College, Carney’s Point, NJ
When: Saturday, October 10, 2009 (07:00 AM - 17:00 PM)

Filed under: FRC, New Jersey — andrew @ 8:44 pm on October 06, 2009

NJ FIRST Robotics Competition Kick-Off

Where: New Jersey, Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ

What: FIRST Robotics Competition 2010 Kickoff

When: Saturday, January 9, 2010 (09:00 - 12:00)

Filed under: FRC, New Jersey — andrew @ 8:39 pm on October 06, 2009

NJ FRC changed to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

There is Statewide Testing scheduled in New Jersey high schools the week of March 1, 2010 and a number of teams have informed us that their school districts will not permit students to travel during that week.

The 2010 New Jersey FIRST Robotics Competition has been rescheduled to Friday, March 5 through Sunday March 7.

This should allow all NJ teams to participate as the state testing ends on Thursday.

Our new schedule has been approved to be:

Friday, March 5th - Load-in/Practice Rounds
Saturday, March 6th – Elimination Rounds
Sunday, March 7th - Finals

Filed under: FRC, New Jersey, News — andrew @ 7:36 pm on October 06, 2009

NY State Fair & New NYC FIRST Team Website (Fe Maidens Team 2265)

From August 27 through September 7, members of FIRST teams in the State of NY (FLL, FTC, and FRC) participated in the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse.  At the fair, the teams helped celebrate FIRST’s new found alliance with 4-H, a non-profit organization that “empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.” (Full article here). The main goal this year was to reach out to 4H Clubs from all NYS Counties and to encourage them to start their own teams.

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Filed under: Event, FLL, FRC, FTC, Feature, JFLL, New York — andrew @ 7:03 pm on October 06, 2009
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