Sean, Mays, Mike, Grif, Zak & Ryan

RoboSpartans Enjoy SUNYIT Tournament

The New Hartford RoboSpartans robotics team had a great time at the FLL@SUNYIT Qualifying Tournament on Saturday, December 5, 2009. The team received a Champion’s Trophy for First Place in the West Division along with a First Place in Robot Performance. Regional teams competed at SUNYIT in four areas: teamwork, robot design, robot performance and research project. Students, ages 9 to 14, from Clinton, Frankfort, Holland Patent, New Hartford, Rome, Sauquoit, Utica, and Vernon participated in this year’s challenge along with teams from the Capitol District. The double tournament hosted 22 teams, split into East and West divisions. Two top teams from each tournament, along with a wild card choice, advance the Hudson Valley Championship Tournament on February 27, 2009 at Dutchess Community College (DCC), in Poughkeepsie, NY. Local teams moving on to DCC with the RoboSpartans are: Girls on the LEGo from Holland Patent (1st Place East), LegoForce from New Hartford (2nd Place East), and Einstein Dudes of New Hartford (Wild Card-3rd Place West).

RoboSpartans Smart Move Team Project

The DCTO is a trunk organization system designed as the RoboSpartans' Smart Move: Improving Transportation project. The project was designed to specifically to meet the needs of the New Hartford Police Department’s Dodge Charger. DCTO is currently being tested in Car 55. The design builds on an existing Chrysler trunk mat kit donated by Carbone Auto Group. The team added a hinge, made extra access to additional space below the kit, and created specific storage holders for items to be used by Officers. They also researched and found more compact, collapsible, LED lighted cones that meet traffic safety standards. The installation allows patrol officers to be more efficient and effective in handling traffic situations. It also will improve gas mileage of the patrol vehicle by reducing weight in the trunk. The NHPD will also have convenient storage for a new first aid kit and AED. The Team is donating DCTO to the Police Department. The RoboSpartans’ next step is researching the possibility of a patent on their idea. A Smart Move!

Team Robot

The Team Robot, named the GRE (Greatest Robot Ever), held its own at the SUNYIT Tournament. The robot followed the Smart Move theme and team project with a trunk organization system to hold key parts needed for scoring. Decked out in Spartan Red and Blue, the bot is known for being solid, sturdy and sleek!

The Team
The 2009 RoboSpartans formed in June of this year, meeting semi-regularly in the summer to build Sumo Robots and twice a week once the season began in September. Two veteran RoboSpartans, Maysara Elazzazi (12) and Ryan Payne (11), are joined this year by newcomers, Sean McGlynn (10), Grif Shenkel (9), Zak Goldsmith (14) and Mike Betro (14). In addition to FIRST LEGO League, the team enjoys spending time together playing SuperSmash Brothers and eating pizza. They recently surpassed their recent goal of 50 pizzas for the season. Other events scheduled for the team include participating in America’s Greatest Heart Walk on March 6, 2009, promoting FIRST LEGO League regionally with open meetings and informational sessions and competing in a Sumo Challenge at the 2010 Mohawk Valley Technical Education and Pre-Engineering Showcase.

For more information on local FIRST LEGO League, contact team coaches Bob and Lisa Payne at

FIRST LEGO League Background

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition or Science and Technology) is a global program created to get kids excited about science and technology. FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is geared for ages 9-14 (up to 16 outside of the U.S. and Canada). FLL utilizes theme-based Challenges to engage kids in research, problem solving, and engineering. The cornerstones of the program are its Core Values, which emphasize contributions of others, friendly sportsmanship, learning, and community involvement. Each annual Challenge has four parts, the Project, Teamwork, Technical/Robot Design and the Robot Game. Working in teams of up to 10 kids and guided by at least one adult coach, team members have about 10 weeks to: 1) Build an autonomous robot that will, in 2 minutes and 30 seconds, complete pre-designed missions 2) Analyze, research, and invent a solution for a given assignment and 3) Create a clever presentation about their solution to perform in front of a panel of judges.

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Leroy Pinksten says ... on Thursday, Jan 14 at 3:15 PM

This subject of students using lego robotics at such a young age is nonscence! Young minds shud not be exxposed to this kind of thinking at such a young age. And for the NH police, they shudent except this idea from 10 year olds! This idea is junk!

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Heather Joy says ... on Thursday, Mar 4 at 2:30 PM

Extensive demands are placed on students' creativity and problem-solving ability when designing robots to do even a simple task. These students are outstanding young men who have shown great dedication, professionalism and skills. Congratulatons!!!

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Michael Betro says ... on Monday, Mar 8 at 7:53 PM

At least these "10-year olds" can spell shouldn't, nonsense, and exposed

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Michael Betro says ... on Monday, Mar 8 at 7:59 PM

And thank you Heather

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Mays Elazzazi says ... on Saturday, Mar 13 at 2:13 PM

Lego bots rules its the best thing thats happened in my life

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Leroy Pinksten says ... on Saturday, Mar 13 at 3:13 PM

At least I have a life

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Bob Crowly says ... on Monday, Jul 19 at 6:21 PM

BREAKING NEWS! The Robo Spartans are all on strike! We need Your help! Pee on any Robospartan logo today!

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a guy says ... on Monday, Jul 19 at 6:25 PM

i will

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adrian says ... on Monday, Jul 19 at 6:26 PM

really nothing better to do

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adrian says ... on Monday, Jul 19 at 6:27 PM

really u dont have anything better to do

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pl says ... on Monday, Jul 19 at 6:29 PM

plzz do something better than some stupid legos

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adrian says ... on Monday, Jul 19 at 6:31 PM

agreed those guys are freken geeks!

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guy says ... on Monday, Jul 19 at 6:33 PM

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Chris B says ... on Saturday, Aug 14 at 4:27 PM

If you have nothing nice to say don't say anything at all! Lego robots use technology that many people fail to understand. At a young age this team is doing amazing things. They are our future. It teaches math, science and engineering!!

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