Mar 24

China Watch Blog has learnt that over 200 robotics teams from across the United States, Brazil, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Jamaica and Canada converged at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on March 16-18, 2012 to battle it out at the FIRST Mega Weekend Competition for a spot at the World Championships to be held in St. Louis, MO on April 25, 2012.

The New York City Mega Weekend comprised of three distinct and unique competitions held over the course of three days including:

NYC FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) – Rebound Rumble – FRC combines sports excitement with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams are challenged to fund, design a brand, exercise teamwork, and build and program robots to perform tasks against competitors.

This year’s regional winners include team 1635 – Newtown High School from Elmhurst, NY, team 125 – Brookline High School, Boston Latin School, Catholic Memorial School and Revere High School from Boston, MA, and team 522 – Mckee Vocational High School from Staten Island, NY. More information on the FIRST Robotics Competition can be found at

NYC FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) – Bowled Over – FTC is designed for head-to-head competition. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. This year’s competition champions were teams 2753 – Team Overdrive – from NJ, team 4995 – Francis Lewis High School – from Queens, NY and team 5484 – Enderbot – from Corning, NY. More information can be found at

NYC FIRST LEGO League Championship (FLL) – Food Factor – FLL introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations, discover exciting career possibilities and learn to make positive contributions to society. Winning teams include the Brics-2-bots – RoboGbots, Ryan Lions, and the Packer Collegiate Institute – Swedish Chefs. More information can be found at

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