8 Jan

Details of FIRST STEAMWORKS 2017 Robotics Game Revealed

FIRST NYC kicked off its 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) season on January 7th with over 50 teams and more than 1,300 local high school students competing in the 17th annual competition. The kickoff marks the beginning of the design and build season, complete with a unique “Steamworks” theme this year. The Brooklyn kickoff was held at LIU Brooklyn at Kumble Theater and the Manhattan event was held at Columbia University’s Davis Auditorium in Schapiro Hall.

“We are thrilled to head into another season full of excitement, challenges and good natured competition,” said Pat Daly, Executive Director of FIRST NYC. “It’s so rewarding to see the teams unite, get creative, and support one another throughout the season. From team-building to problem-solving and critical thinking, the robotics programs have undoubtedly enriched the lives of these students here in the New York City area, and I am eager to see how this season unfolds.”

FIRST STEAMWORKSSM invites two adventure clubs from an era in which technology relied on steam power to prepare their airships for the ultimate long distance race. Each three-team alliance scores points and prepares to take flight by building steam pressure, gathering materials to start the rotors, and boarding robots onto their airships. The adventurer club with the highest score at the end of the match is the best prepared for the race and wins.

At Kickoff, teams were shown the FIRST STEAMWORKS game field and challenge details for the first time, and received a Kit of Parts made up of motors, batteries, control system components, construction materials, and a mix of additional automation components – with limited instructions. Working with adult Mentors, students have six weeks to design, build, program, and test their robots to meet the season’s engineering challenge. Once these young inventors build a robot, their teams will participate a regional competition. This year New York is hosting to regional events. The Hudson Valley Regional, March 24-26, 2017; and the New York City Regional, April 7-9, 2017

For a complete replay of the Kickoff broadcast, click here.

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5 Nov

Volunteer with FIRST NYC!

Volunteers make up 99% of the FIRST® workforce. Whether you have a weekend to help, want to mentor a team, have technical or non-technical expertise, there is a volunteer role suited to your unique interest. 

Here are ways to get involved this season!



Team Mentors:

As a Mentor or Coach of a FIRST® team, you are, through the kids, the key ingredient in the success of your team. Your contribution to the success of FIRST programs and ultimately to the success of FIRST is immeasurable.

Click Here to Sign-up to be a FIRST NYC Mentor. You will be contacted with additional information.


Event Volunteers:



The qualifying events for FIRST LEGO League begin in January. Click Here for a list of upcoming events. To volunteer, please fill out this interest form:


For questions regarding FIRST LEGO League, please contact:
Norm Sutaria
Director of Programs
[email protected]

FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition:

    • This year’s FIRST Tech Challenge, Velocity Vortex, begins qualifiers in December. Click Here for a complete list of season events.

    • FIRST NYC will be hosting two FIRST Robotics Competition events, the Hudson Valley Regional (March 24-26, 2017) and the New York City Regional (April 7-9, 2017).

    • You can apply to volunteer for both FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition events by creating or logging into your FIRST account through the Volunteer Information Matching System (VIMS):


For questions regarding FIRST Tech Challenge, please contact:
Claytoya Tugwell
FTC Chief Volunteer Coordinator
[email protected]


For questions regarding FIRST Robotics Competition, please contact:
Jeanne Boyarsky & Norm Sutaria
Co-Volunteer Coordinators
[email protected]

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9 Jun

2017 & 2018 FIRST Championships Information Update

When FIRST announced the dual FIRST Championship structure starting in 2017, our primary intent was to make the life-changing excitement and inspiration of the FIRST Championship more accessible, available, and affordable to more kids and teams.

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16 Apr

New York City Teams Competing at the 2016 FIRST Championships

In less than two weeks, thousands of students from all over the world will be in St. Louis, MO competing in the 2016 FIRST Championships. Several teams from the New York City area will be making the trip as well. Here is how you can help them get to St. Louis.







IS192The Robotics Team from I. S. 192 in St. Albans, Queens won the 1st Place Champion’s Award at the NYC FIRST City-wide LEGO League Championship in March. The team, comprised of 14 seventh and eighth grade students, will be heading to the FIRST Championships for the first time.

I.S. 192 Go Fund Me Page










Quantum Mechanics

Quantum Mechanics, FTC 6051, from the Dalton School in Manhattan were Tesla Division finalists at the 2016 Super East Regional in March. Quantum will be among 145 FIRST Tech Challenge teams competing at the FIRST Championship.












UASGC RoboSquad, FRC 5891, is a Rookie Team from The Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce in Harlem, NY. Despite first year challenges, the team made it all the way to the semi-finals and won the The Rookie All Star Award at the NYC Regional which automatically entered them into the FIRST Championship.

UASGC RoboSquad Go Fund Me Page








FRC 3419, the RoHawks, from Hunter College High School in Manhattan were Regional Finalists and the Quality Award winner at the NYC Regional. As top finishers, they won a wildcard berth to the FIRST Championship.

Hunter College High School Donations Page









FRC 1796, the RoboTigers, is a veteran robotics team from Queens Vocational & Technical High School in Long Island City, New York. The RoboTigers won the Chairman’s Award at this year’s SPBLI Long Island Regional and the Gracious Professionalism Award at the New York City Regional. They will be attending the FIRST Championships for the second consecutive year.

RoboTigers Go Fund Me Page 






Stuypulse, FRC 694, was part of the winning alliance at the 2016 New York City Regional in March. The veteran team from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan also attended the South Florida Regional where they won the Entrepreneurship Award and were part of the 8th Alliance.

Stuypulse Edco Fundraising Page






Megladons logo

FRC 333, the Megaladons, from John Dewey High School in Brooklyn will also be attending the FIRST Championships in St. Louis. At the 2016 New York City Regional they received the Excellence in Engineering Award.







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15 Mar

FIRST Championship

Hundreds of robotics teams from all over the world will attend the 2016 FIRST Championship, April 27-30, 2016 in St. Louis, MO.

Events at every level offer students an amazing experience as they celebrate their hard work, have fun, make new friendships, and are exposed to ideas and ideology that will enhance their lives for decades to come.

Click Here for event information.

17 Feb

2016 New York City FIRST Competition & Expo

On March 11-13, 2016 New York City FIRST will host over 200 competing robotics teams from the New York tri-state area, Arizona, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Turkey, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, with the winning teams advancing to the global competition.

FIRST Robotics Competition
FIRST LEGO League Championship
– FIRST LEGO League Junior Expo
– FIRST Tech Challenge Expo
– Science and Technology College & Career Expo

This event is free and open to the public. Click Here for more information.

9 Jan


first-strongholdAnd they’re off! FIRST Robotics Competition teams begin their six-week build with the highly anticipated game reveal!


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13 Oct

FRC Kickoff – Saturday, January 9, 2016

FRC Kickoff marks the beginning of the design and build season. Teams have the opportunity to network, compare notes, share ideas, make friends, find mentoring teams, and gear up for the exciting competition season. Kickoff is the first time that FRC teams learn the design challenge that they’ll navigate for the next 12+ weeks. Teams pick up their new control systems and prepare for the wild season ahead.

This year New York City FIRST will host two Kickoff locations:

Brooklyn Kickoff – Long Island University, Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
Manhattan Kickoff – Columbia UniversityDavis Auditorium in Schapiro Hall

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5 Sep

Join NYC FIRST at the 2015 World Maker Faire New York

On September 26 & 27th at the New York Hall of Science you’ll be able to take it all in with over 200 presentations across 8 stages on topics such as fashion and wearables, robotics, Young Makers, health science and technologies, drones, 3D printing, makerspaces, education, electronics, and much more. There will be something for everyone as we’ve carefully selected content for Makers of all ages, interests, and skill levels.

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9 Mar

NYC FIRST® Hosts 15th Annual Robotics Competition at Javits Center Leading Up to World Championship Tournament

More than 160 teams of New York tri-state and international students (ages 6-18) and their handmade robots will be put to the test at the NYC FIRST® 15th Annual Robotics NYC Regional Competition & Expo  – the highly-anticipated three-day event where students will vie for the chance to move on to the FIRST World Championship Tournament in St. Louis. The stakes are much higher this year as several defending champions will return to compete for their coveted titles.

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