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TRASH TREK 2015 Season




[Central New York - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology]



CNY FIRST consists of SUNY Poly faculty/staff and area professionals who are committed to supporting robotics and other STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math] programs for area children.

CNY FIRST was established in Summer 2009 to oversee the FLL@SUNYIT program.

In 2007 and 2008, SUNYIt hosted practice FLL tournaments, with guidance from the FIRST Organization in Manchester, New Hampshire. In 2009, SUNYIT hosted its first official tournament, a Qualifier in the Mid-Hudson Valley program.

In 2010, we attained Partner Status with US FIRST, an affiliation that allows us to run a Championship Tournament for FIRST LEGO League. Our Championship events to date: BODY FORWARD, FOOD FACTOR, SENIOR SOLUTIONS, NATURE'S FURY, WORLD CLASS and this year's TRASH TREK.

We host Jr FLL Expos at our Championship FLL Tournaments. In 2014, SUNY Poly also took on responsibility for promoting Jr FLL in our region by becoming the affiliate Jr FLL Partner for New York-Utica. 

Since 2011, we have hosted the annual May Robot Riot, facilitated professional development for educators, and assisted at SummerITeens at SUNY Poly. CNY FIRST volunteers participate in demonstrations at area venues such as the NYS Fair, MWPAI and MOST.

Robotics teams offer workshops to other teams and mentor children in settings such as UCP, 4-H, SUNY Poly, and community libraries.

CNY FIRST facilitates New Coaches Training, conducts annual Season Kick Off and Follow up events, and supports the championship tournament at SUNY Poly. In 2013 and 2014, three FIRST robotics programs were represented during Robotics Weekend at SUNYIT: Jr FLL Expo and FLL Regional Championship onSaturday and FTC Qualifier in the Pace University program on Sunday. 

In January 2014, SUNY Poly became the major sponsor for a regional FRC team, known as Team 5030, the Second Mouse. The Second Mouse welcomes membership applications from regional high school students. The team is mentored by SUNY Poly students, faculty, and staff, as well as parent volunteers and community engineers.

In June2015, SUNY Poly became the Affiliate Partner for the FIRST TECH Challenge Program (FTC).

During this 2015 FLL season, our three November regional qualifiers will be followed by a Championship on Saturday January 16, 2016; there will also be a Jr FLL Expo that day. On Sunday, January 17, 2016, SUNY Poly will host an FTC Championship event for 24 regional qualifier winning FTC teams. All three events will take place in the SUNY Poly Field House.

The committee welcomes interested and committed professionals who want to help establish and support robotics programs for kids.

For more information:


 FIRST Lego League - is FLL@SUNYIT



 We're SO proud of our FLL and FTC Teams. High Fives and Sincere Admiration to you all!