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"Rockland Star" featured Pace University's Seidenberg School Associate Professor Dr. Rick Kline in "FIRST Tech Challenge Draws Tech Savvy Teens to Pace University for Robotics Competition"

03/07/2019

"Rockland Star" featured Pace University's Seidenberg School Associate Professor Dr. Rick Kline in "FIRST Tech Challenge Draws Tech Savvy Teens to Pace University for Robotics Competition"

Twenty-seven teams of middle- and high-school students from across the Hudson Valley, Capital Region, and Adirondacks competed head to head in the 10th Annual FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition Sunday, Feb. 10 at Pace University’s Pleasantville Campus.

Widely known for its leading edge computer science and technology programs at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace has been a partner with FIRST, providing exciting and effective STEM programs for children since 2003.

Dr. Rick Kline, Associate Professor at the Seidenberg School who coordinates the competition at Pace, said that students from the Seidenberg School played an integral role in the day, assisting teams and running challenges.

More than 40 Pace students and about a dozen alumni, staff, and faculty were among the 100 or so volunteers who ran the event under the guidance of volunteer coordinator and Seidenberg School staff member Jill Olimpieri. Students helped with setup and logistics as well as served as referees, judges, inspectors, and robot technical advisors.

“FIRST is an international, K-12 not-for-profit organization founded to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.  Having a competition like FIRST here at Pace is in keeping with our mission to train the next generation of STEM, computer and technology experts,” said Kline.”

Students in grades 7-12 competed in this year’s space-themed game Rover Ruckus with robots they have been designing, building and programming since the start of the school year. The 27 teams had advanced from a field of 60 teams who participated in other competitions. Sunday’s top three winners were the Roboraiders from Red Hook High School, Red Hook, NY; Suffern Robotics from Suffern Senior High School, Suffern, NY; and Beta, CCE Clinton County 4-H, Plattsburgh, NY. The teams will advance to the world championship in Detroit in April.

In addition to Suffern, local schools who competed included: Blind Brook High School; John Jay High School; Mamaroneck High School; Peekskill High School; Riverside Computer Design High School in Yonkers; and Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson in Pleasantville.

“I have been volunteering for the FTC event at Pace since I was a Freshman,’’ said Graduate student Joel Thomas. “I am always impressed by the innovation and creativity that each team brings to the field.”

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"Westchester County Business Journal" featured Pace University's Seidenberg School associate professor Rick Kline in "Pace University hosts robotics competition"

02/27/2019

"Westchester County Business Journal" featured Pace University's Seidenberg School associate professor Rick Kline in "Pace University hosts robotics competition"

Twenty-seven teams of students in grades 7 through 12 from across the Hudson Valley, Capital Region and Adirondacks recently took part in a robotics competition at Pace University’s campus in Pleasantville.
This was the 10th year for the robotics event originated by the nonprofit FIRST, which is based in Manchester, New Hampshire. FIRST is short for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.”

Rick Kline, associate professor at Pace’s Seidenberg School, said “Having a competition like FIRST here at Pace is in keeping with our mission to train the next generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), computer and technology experts.’’

This year’s space-themed game was called “Rover Ruckus” and it involved robots the students had been designing, building and programming since the start of the school year. The 27 teams had advanced from a field of 60 teams participating in other competitions.

The three winning teams at Pace were from Red Hook High School, Suffern Senior High School and the CCE Clinton County 4-H in Plattsburgh, New York. They’ll take part in the world championships held in Detroit in April.

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"The Examiner News" featured Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in “Tech Savvy Teens Compete at Pace’s Robotics Competition”

02/21/2019

"The Examiner News" featured Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in “Tech Savvy Teens Compete at Pace’s Robotics Competition”

Twenty-seven middle school and high school teams from across the Hudson Valley, Capital Region and the Adirondacks competed head to head in the 10th annual FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition Sunday, Feb. 10 at Pace University’s Pleasantville campus.

Widely known for its computer science and technology programs at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace has been a partner with FIRST, providing exciting and effective STEM programs for children since 2003.

Dr. Rick Kline, associate professor at the Seidenberg School who coordinates the competition, said his students played an integral role in the event, assisting teams and running challenges.

More than 40 Pace students and about a dozen alumni, staff and faculty were among the roughly 100 volunteers who ran the event under the guidance of volunteer coordinator and Seidenberg School staff member Jill Olimpieri. Students helped with the setup and logistics and served as referees, judges inspectors and robot technical advisers.

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Press Release: FIRST Tech Challenge Draws Tech Savvy Teens to Pace University for Robotics Competition

02/12/2019

Press Release: FIRST Tech Challenge Draws Tech Savvy Teens to Pace University for Robotics Competition

Twenty-seven teams of middle- and high-school students from across the Hudson Valley, Capital Region, and Adirondacks competed head to head in the 10th Annual FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition Sunday, Feb. 10 at Pace University’s Pleasantville Campus.

Widely known for its leading edge computer science and technology programs at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace has been a partner with FIRST, providing exciting and effective STEM programs for children since 2003.

Dr. Rick Kline, Associate Professor at the Seidenberg School who coordinates the competition at Pace, said that students from the Seidenberg School played an integral role in the day, assisting teams and running challenges.  

More than 40 Pace students and about a dozen alumni, staff, and faculty were among the 100 or so volunteers who ran the event under the guidance of volunteer coordinator and Seidenberg School staff member Jill Olimpieri. Students helped with setup and logistics as well as served as referees, judges, inspectors, and robot technical advisors.

FIRST is an international, K-12 not-for-profit organization founded to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Having a competition like FIRST here at Pace is in keeping with our mission to train the next generation of STEM, computer and technology experts,’’ said Kline.

Students in grades 7-12 competed in this year’s space-themed game Rover Ruckus with robots they have been designing, building and programming since the start of the school year. The 27 teams had advanced from a field of 60 teams who participated in other competitions. Sunday’s top three winners were the Roboraiders from Red Hook High School, Red Hook, NY; Suffern Robotics from Suffern Senior High School, Suffern, NY; and Beta, CCE Clinton County 4-H, Plattsburgh, NY. The teams will advance to the world championship in Detroit in April.

In addition to Suffern, local schools who competed included: Blind Brook High School; John Jay High School; Mamaroneck High School; Peekskill High School; Riverside Computer Design High School in Yonkers; and Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson in Pleasantville.  

“I have been volunteering for the FTC event at Pace since I was a Freshman,’’ said Graduate student Joel Thomas. “I am always impressed by the innovation and creativity that each team brings to the field.”

About Pace University:  Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides.

From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains.

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About FIRST: FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

FIRST is More Than Robots. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21st century

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"Fios1" featured Pace University's Seidenberg robotics competition in "Robotics competition inspires students to craft space rovers"

02/11/2019

"Fios1" featured Pace University's Seidenberg robotics competition in "Robotics competition inspires students to craft space rovers"

Pace University Hosts 10th Annual FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Competition 

Twenty-seven teams of middle and high school students from across the Hudson Valley, Capital Region, and Adirondacks participated in the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition. Students in grades 7-12 competed head to head in this year’s space-themed game Rover Ruckus. They have been designing, building and programming their robots for this challenge since the start of the school year. These are the best of the nearly 60 teams in this region who earned advancement to this event at other competitions. The top three teams from this competition will advance to the world championship in Detroit in April.

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