FIRST Inspires Gala 2019

We were incredibly lucky to be invited to the fifth annual FIRST Robotics Gala Dinner, held on November 7th, in New York City. The gala serves as a fundraiser for FIRST, and brings together many of FIRST’s sponsors and supporters for a night of inspiration and robots. Additionally, every year, the Make It Loud award is given out to a person who helps to spread the mission and vision of FIRST. This year, the honoree was Soledad O’Brien.

Jonathan playing host!

At the gala, we not only had the opportunity to display our robot and tell our stories to FIRST supporters, but one of our members, Jonathan, was chosen to give some opening words and introduce one of the speakers for the night, Larry Cohen. We also got the opportunity the show off our robot to a whole host of FIRST celebrities, like Don Bossi, President of FIRST.

Meeting with the Don (Bossi)!

Meeting with the Don (Bossi)!

Teaching Soledad O’Brien how to drive the robot

The gala program also included the Evelyn Kamen FIRST Alumni award, which was won by Tia Singh, a mentor over at our friends, team 1796, the RoboTigers! Videos showcasing the impact that FIRST has had on communities were also screened, and helped to showcase what a force for change STEM education can be.

Following a delicious dinner (and even more delicious dessert), we got the opportunity to talk to Soledad O’Brien about our robot, and she even drove it around! In fact, she might have driven it more smoothly than some of our competition drivers! Right after that, we also managed to not only get Dean Kamen to take a photo with the team, but also got him to sign our robot (and hatch panel, and driver station, and…). We can now never dismantle Ms Calculated ever again.

OMG OMG OMG!

OMG OMG OMG!

We had a great time at the gala, and are incredibly thankful to NYC FIRST for giving us the opportunity to show off what we do!

Please enjoy a collection of photos from the evening!

New York City Regional 2019 - The Recap

New York City Regional 2019 - The Recap

The New York City Regional has a very special place in our hearts. It’s our hometown tournament, and it’s where all our friends are. There’s nothing better than having 3 days of robot action with the friends we’ve made throughout the years. From the years at the Javits Center to the current location at the Armory Track, the NYC Regional has always brought forth fun times, amazing robots, and an opportunity to mingle with international teams.

Showing off at Cornell Tech

This past weekend, the team was honored to be invited to exhibit at the Men of Color Lunch and Learn organized by cs4all at the Tata Innovation Center at Cornell Tech. We were part of an exhibition showcasing the potential uses of CS education in K-12 education (but who are we kidding, we were there to drive robots around). This was an important event for us too, as getting more teachers into teaching STEM topics and CS would bode well for getting more students into robotics and other STEM careers.