Our team has over 50 minority students who are eager to connect classroom knowledge with hands-on application. We will be competing in two competitions: the Finger Lakes Regional March 16-18, and New York City Regional April 7-9 in hopes of qualifying for the World Championship. The costs of robot materials, the registration fee, and running a team are high: that's why we need you! Your donation is an investment in future innovators and engineers. Please fund the components of our robot--with your generosity, our robot will come together, piece by piece!
We are a hardworking robotics team from New York that lives for technology, team-building and competition. Our mission is to promote STEAM education among our school and community as we tackle the exciting challenge of designing, building, programming and testing a 120-pound robot in six weeks.
Fuses keep our robot safe from overdrawn electrical current, and nuts and bolts hold our robot together!
Belts and sprockets connect our gear boxes to make our wheels move, giving our robot mobility and the ability to climb rope.
Aluminum T-slots make up the skeleton of our robot, and power relays turn the air compressor on or off or opens and closes the pneumatic solenoid valves.
CIM motors, car window motors, and RS550 motors move different parts of our robot. 1800 milliamp-hour batteries bring our robot to life.
A camera tracks targets, and we use laptops to write code for the robot to act autonomously and in teleoperated mode.
The RoboRio Controller made by National Instruments is the next generation in student robotics controllers, which takes in the sensory data, processes it, and sends out commands to all of the moving parts of the robot.
Our team video
What we're up to
Julian Frost donatedFeb. 23- via August Frost
Hemil leveled up to Elite Platinum status by capturing $250 in donations for the club.Feb. 23
Hemil became an Elite Gold Funrdaiser by closing the deal with 10 club donors.Feb. 23
Pamela Rosa donatedFeb. 23"Good luck team!"- via Hemil Tavarez
Gamze Z donatedFeb. 21"Stay focused!"- via Madison Velez
KAREN BLANDING donatedFeb. 20"Congratulations Lauren
Best wishes"- via lauren solomon
KAREN BLANDING donatedFeb. 20- via lauren solomon
Faith Bianchi donatedFeb. 20
nike Elder donatedFeb. 19"Making yours and our future a better place. Thank you "- via lauren solomon
Krista Jackson donatedFeb. 17"Good Luck!!"- via Keon Hanley
Ijeoma D. Iheanacho donatedFeb. 17"Good luck guys! Make NYC proud!"- via Khalil Tavarez
Katrina Speller donatedFeb. 16"Good luck - keep up the good work!"- via Keon Hanley
Filippa Williams donatedFeb. 16"Good luck! "- via Keon Hanley
Week 6 Update!
As we begin our final week, we have been doing intense nights of work, lasting until about 9. Our robot is gaining the ability to climb, move and a myriad of other things! We are still accepting donations, as we still are in need of some supplies.
Kemo Robinson donatedFeb. 14- via Kemo Robinson
Essie Robinson donatedFeb. 14- via Kemo Robinson
Essie Robinson donatedFeb. 14- via kemi robinson
Yu Xian Lau donatedFeb. 13- via Sally Lau
Yvonne Miller donatedFeb. 12"Work hard! :D"- via Marlahna Miller
Barbara Williams donatedFeb. 12"Keep up the good work Mali."- via Malachi Blenman
Kevin Cravey donatedFeb. 12"Good luck "- via Keon Hanley
Jose Rodriguez donatedFeb. 11"Yeah!"- via Madison Velez
Maurice Reynolds donatedFeb. 11- via Keon Hanley
Maleisha Cravey donatedFeb. 10- via Keon Hanley
Noble Dunyo donatedFeb. 09- via Malachi Blenman
Kiyaffa Black donatedFeb. 09"So proud of you, I wish you the best. Love you"- via Malachi Blenman
Marcella Bowden donatedFeb. 08"Sorry couldn't do more today, Love you Mali"- via Malachi Blenman
Marcella Bowden donatedFeb. 08"Hi, nephew Aunty love U"- via Malachi Blenman
Edward Stepien donatedFeb. 08- via Khalil Tavarez
Mederic Burton donatedFeb. 08- via Malachi Blenman
Pedro Burton donatedFeb. 08- via Malachi Blenman
Pedro Gil donatedFeb. 07- via Khalil Tavarez
Eli Nunez donatedFeb. 07"Good luck khalil"- via Khalil Tavarez
Jose Badillo donatedFeb. 07"Good Luck!!!"- via Khalil Tavarez
El Dorado Bakery Corp l Rosa donatedFeb. 07"Felicidades mi niño, yo sé que lo van a lograr"- via Hemil Tavarez
Luz Rosa donatedFeb. 07- via Hemil Tavarez
Miguel Rosario donatedFeb. 07"Buena suerte primo you got this 👍👍👍👍👍"- via Hemil Tavarez
Greg Lawrence donatedFeb. 07- via madison salmon
Teressa Lawrence donatedFeb. 07- via madison salmon
“An anonymous donation was madeFeb. 06- via Khalil Tavarez
Jacqueline Salmon donatedFeb. 06- via madison salmon
Bibi Samaroo donatedFeb. 06
Keisha Hanley donatedFeb. 06"Go Team Go!!! Wishing you the best this year. "- via Keon Hanley
Jason Rivas donatedFeb. 06"good luck"- via Joel Bianchi
Sarah Calcano donatedFeb. 05"Suerte!"- via Hemil Tavarez
Jeiffry Rosa donatedFeb. 04"Hemil we wish you the best of luck!!! "- via Hemil Tavarez
Heather Brooke donatedFeb. 04"We hope your season is extremely successful and we believe in you and the work you are doing! We love Mr. & Mrs. Bianchi"
Jacqueline Salmon donatedFeb. 03- via madison salmon
Jose Roman donatedFeb. 03"You are the best"- via Hemil Tavarez
Keisha Salmon donatedFeb. 02- via madison salmon
Jennifer Abounader-Ciesla donatedJan. 31"Good luck, Madison!"- via Madison Velez
Rosemary Tavarez donatedJan. 31"Keep going, you're the best"- via Hemil Tavarez
Jhonny Rosa donatedJan. 30"Hemil wishing you and your team success ...Jhonny, Sarah, Pamela and Adrianna"- via Hemil Tavarez
Mildred Belliard donatedJan. 30"Hemil, you make us proud everyday!!! Go Harlem Knights!!!"- via Hemil Tavarez
Auntie Lee donatedJan. 30"So proud of the teamwork and dedication!! Good Luck!! xo"- via madison salmon
Annjana Ramesh donatedJan. 15- via Charles Marshall
Francis Inoa donatedJan. 11- via Khalil Tavarez
Full Steam Ahead!
The game rules for FIRST STEAMworks were revealed yesterday! #fullsteamahead
Ana Ramirez donatedDec. 31"Best of luck! Love tia"- via Michael Pinzon
Joseph Klaynberg Wonder Works donatedDec. 24"Good Luck!"- via Michael Pinzon
Debbie Pinzon donatedDec. 17"Hope this helps your team!"- via Michael Pinzon
Kevin Pinzon donatedDec. 16- via Michael Pinzon
Alyssa Palomba donatedDec. 15"Good luck! Have fun! :)"- via Madison Velez
Pamella Peguero donatedDec. 13"Anything for my friend Madison and her team .Go team "- via Madison Velez
Veronica Velez donatedDec. 13"Good luck! "- via Madison Velez
Mark Giordono donatedDec. 06"Good luck!"
Keisha Hanley donatedMar. 01"Best of Luck to you in your competition. Hope that you do well. Keep up the good work. From your HBO family."- via Keon Hanley
Andrea Pacheco donatedFeb. 22"Good Luck!!!"- via Elijah Pacheco
Jim & Diana Giddon donatedFeb. 22- via Elijah Pacheco
Miguel Soberanis donatedFeb. 20"Do the robot dance! "- via Elijah Pacheco
Eric Fernandez donatedFeb. 19"Keep up the good work!
See you soon"- via Elijah Pacheco
madison salmon donatedFeb. 16"Towards my shirt and sweatshirt "- via madison salmon
“An anonymous donation was madeFeb. 16- via Ashley Rivas
Ken Giddon donatedFeb. 15- via Elijah Pacheco
Raul Pacheco donatedFeb. 15"Let's go get 'em Knights !!!"- via Elijah Pacheco
Francia Inoa donatedFeb. 13"Proud of the kids that are making this robot work & to Mr. Bianchi for his time and effort. Go Harlem Knights!"- via Khalil Tavarez
Saleem Thompson donatedFeb. 13- via Navine Thompson
William Moseson donatedFeb. 12
Rubi Hernandez donatedFeb. 12- via Rubi Hernandez
Keisha Hanley donatedFeb. 10"Harlem Knights best of luck from your HBO Advertising Family. "- via Keon Hanley
Karen Hunt donatedFeb. 10"Good luck to the Harlem Knights. Make us proud."- via Keon Hanley
Keon leveled up to Elite Platinum status by capturing $250 in donations for the club.Feb. 10
Sharon Noble donatedFeb. 10"Congratulations Keon and Go Harlem Knights. Good luck to you."- via Keon Hanley
Nickolai Belakovski donatedFeb. 10
Jason Rivas donatedFeb. 04- via Joel Bianchi
Valda Norris donatedFeb. 03- via Keon Hanley
Keon became an Elite Gold Funrdaiser by closing the deal with 10 club donors.Feb. 02
Tarikua Emiru donatedFeb. 02"Good job Keon- keep up the good work."- via Keon Hanley
Michelle Emeh donatedFeb. 02"Keep Shining Keon!!! Go Harlem Knights!"- via Keon Hanley
Maleisha Cravey donatedFeb. 01"Good Luck Team ! "- via Keon Hanley
Eric Harrell donatedFeb. 01"Your cousin Keisha loves you! GOOD LUCK! "- via Keon Hanley
Our team is featured on this video made by FIRST as they promote inclusion and diversity in STEM.
Sharvonne Williams donatedJan. 28"I am so proud of you Keon! Go FDA! "- via Keon Hanley
Lori Reed donatedJan. 28"Good Luck! I know the Harlem Knights will make us Proud!"- via Keon Hanley
Pam Levine donatedJan. 27"Best of luck!! "- via Keon Hanley
Filippa Williams donatedJan. 27"Good luck!"- via Keon Hanley
Mabelline Daniel donatedJan. 27- via Keon Hanley
Keisha Hanley donatedJan. 27"Go Team Go. I know you can do it. I will look forward to cheering you on at the Championships!!!"- via Keon Hanley
Edward H. Carpenter donatedJan. 23"Good luck, ladies and gentlemen! And congratulations on pursuing a project that will prepare you to build the future!"
Jayde Lovell donatedJan. 22"With love from the team @ Next MacGyver! "- via Faith Bianchi
Mr. Devery donatedJan. 20"Good Luck FDA Robotics team. "
Aishah Zuhri donatedJan. 19"I consider it a privilege to support Elijah and his team in this valiant quest! "- via Elijah Pacheco
Samantha Pacheco donatedJan. 18"Wish I could do more! Best of luck to all of you!!!"- via Elijah Pacheco
Yu Xian Lau donatedJan. 18"We got this "
Good Day New York!
We were delighted to appear on Fox 5 News' Good Day New York this morning! We would be even more delighted if we could expand our community to include YOU! Will you fund a piece of our 2016 robot with a tax deductible donation of $5 or more? http://www.fox5ny.com/good-day/66339956-video
Sharon McNulty donatedDec. 30"Glad to help!"
Michael Quinn donatedDec. 23"Do well and learn"
Nancy B. Rubinger donatedDec. 16"So glad to help - good luck in everything."- via Charles Marshall
Carrian Hylton donatedDec. 09
Support diversity in STEM on #GivingTuesday
We are so excited to kick off the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition Season soon! We've been recruiting new members through events and workshops, and look forward to building a strong team as we create a robust robot for the game, FIRST Stronghold. Will you support us in this endeavor? $5 sponsors nuts and bolts that hold our robot together. $50 can fund a motor that makes a component of our robot move. $500 gives our robot a brain! Every dollar makes a difference. Thank you for investing in our lives!
(Photo from the FIRST, Inspire! gala where Harlem Knights represented diversity in STEM)
Season of Thanksgiving
As we reflect back on our 11 years of existence, it is baffling to think about all of our supporters, and all the individual lives you have impacted. Thank you. Thank you for believing in us, and making it possible to achieve our dreams. #ifyoucandreamityoucanbuildit
Luanna P. donatedNov. 25"Have a great upcoming season!"
Edco donatedApr. 22
Talik Currie donatedMar. 19- via Talik Currie
Nicole McIntyre donatedMar. 16"Tyra-Daryle Henry, I wish you both the very best in your team's effort!
~Aunty Nicole~"- via Tyra Henry
Ingrid Gonzalez donatedMar. 16"Yay Team!
Thank you Mr. Bianchi for not just building a robot but building a community."- via Arlene De Leon
“An anonymous donation was madeMar. 15
Thank you all for your support! We had a great first day of the competition. DragoKnight is doing pretty well, and we are looking forward to our two remaining qualifying matches in the morning.
Thanks to you, we won the entrepreneurship award today!! We are so grateful for the part you played in making our dreams come true.
Ruth Bianchi donatedMar. 13"God go with you Harlem Knights! May you reap reward for your labor and may you recognize the reward when it comes. DMB"- via Joel Bianchi
Shaton Washington donatedMar. 12"Believe in your dreams! 😄"- via Carey Brown
Sharon Joseph donatedMar. 12"You are brilliant and AWESOME keep up the GREAT WORK."- via Carey Brown
$50 for 50 Power Grant™ achieved
We are one community. Thanks to all the 50+ donors who supported our team, we just grabbed an extra $50 in matching funds through the Edco $50 for 50 Power Grant™.
Help us earn all four Power Grants™ by sharing our team fundraising page with friends and family today. https://fda1.ed.co/harlem-knights
Thomas Horan donatedMar. 12"Good luck in your competition this weekend!"
PK donatedMar. 12"Best of luck!"
Simone Moore donatedMar. 12"I better be 50"- via Joel Bianchi
Lena Frazier donatedMar. 10"good luck"
“An anonymous donation was madeMar. 09
Ronald Cubas donatedMar. 08
susan macbride donatedMar. 07
“An anonymous donation was madeMar. 07- via Faith Bianchi
ELiTE donatedMar. 06- via Kemo Robinson
Shaton Washington donatedMar. 05"Go Team!"- via Carey Brown
$50 for 50!
Thank you so much to all of our generous donors! It is an incredible feeling to know there are 42 people solidly behind us who have funded the pieces of our robot, DragoKnight! In just over a week we will get to see her compete. If we can get 8 more donors, we will receive another STEM power grant. Will you help us spread the word?
Jane Goldstone donatedMar. 04"Keep going! "- via Carey Brown
Laura Pula donatedMar. 03"here's to Robots!
and may the force be with all of you. >.<
p.s Nabi you're a nerd and I love you!"- via Nabila Medina
“An anonymous donation was madeMar. 01- via Faith Bianchi
Ronald Cubas donatedMar. 01- via Joel Bianchi
Marilyn Armel donatedFeb. 24
Saleem Thompson donatedFeb. 06"GO FDA!!"- via Navine Thompson
$100 Local Business Grant™ achieved
An awesome local business just supported our team in a BIG way. We closed our first $500+ local business deal and earned a bonus $100 in matching funds through the Edco Local Business Grant™.
Help us earn all four Power Grants™ by sharing our team fundraising page with friends and family today. https://fda1.ed.co/harlem-knights
Alliance Building Systems LLC donatedFeb. 05"We stand behind and support you Harlem Knights."
pedro burton donatedFeb. 05- via Malachi Blenman
Diana Cypress donatedFeb. 04"The best of luck to you!"- via August Frost
Kari Moore donatedFeb. 03"Best of luck!"- via August Frost
Aleta L.Hernandez donatedFeb. 01"Blessings for success...Go team.."- via August Frost
Essie robinson donatedJan. 31- via Kemo Robinson
Grace Wang donatedJan. 30"Go Harlem Knights! We're rooting for you!"- via Joel Bianchi
Futures and options donatedJan. 29- via Kemo Robinson
Norval Soleyn donatedJan. 29- via Kemo Robinson
Jason Rivas donatedJan. 29"hope this year will be wonderful too"- via Joel Bianchi
James Morin donatedJan. 27- via Nabila Medina
Jesssica Eshleman donatedJan. 27"Good luck at the competition and best wishes for life filled with curiosity!"- via Nabila Medina
Shamus Khan donatedJan. 27- via Nabila Medina
Kathy and Bill Gillett donatedJan. 27"Great concept, go global -- think local (team). Good Luck."- via Nabila Medina
Keith Rasmussen donatedJan. 27"I wish you all the very best!"- via Nabila Medina
“An anonymous donation was madeJan. 27- via Nabila Medina
Edco donatedJan. 26"Our team just won $100 through the #Robots4stem Challenge on Instagram.
Help us earn more money with Edco. Share our page with family and friends today."
Week One vlog: Brainstorming!
Right after the kickoff broadcast, our team set to work with an intense brainstorming session. Since then, we have evaluated the pros and cons to our ideas, tested different prototypes, and have decided on a design. Will you help fund the pieces of our 2015 robot?
Carey Ma donatedJan. 24"Good luck at all your competitions. When you're selling candy, remember that Mr. Ma already donated . :) "
Pat Cusanelli donatedJan. 24"Go Harlem Knights...Lets do the math...."- via Navine Thompson
Quinn Consulting donatedJan. 22
This year's game is called Recycle Rush, and our team of 70+ minority students has been busily strategizing and prototyping designs for our 2015 robot. Will you support us by funding a piece of our robot?
Julia Kim donatedJan. 02"You guys are doing awesome work! Your community believes in you!"- via Faith Bianchi
Bernadette Blenman donatedDec. 31"Good luck donating, guys! I hope this campaign goes far!"- via Malachi Blenman
End of the Year Giving
It's the last day of 2014! Would you remember the Harlem Knights with your tax deductible donation today?
tyrah donatedDec. 31"good luck guys"- via Jatara Clark
Luanna Polanco donatedDec. 25"Proud of you guys! Keep up the good work!"
We won the Edco instagram contest!
Check out our winning entry for the Edco instagram contest last week! http://instagram.com/p/wh0a5csErL/
Tricia Montanile donatedDec. 12- via Georgia Richmond
john izzi donatedDec. 12"good luck. you are the future. make the most of it."- via Georgia Richmond
“An anonymous donation was madeDec. 09- via August Frost
$250 First Funds Power Grant™ achieved
Our team just raised $250 with Edco and earned another $250 through the First Funds Power Grant™.
Help us grab the next grant: $50 for 50 donors. Share this link with friends and family today. https://fda1.ed.co/harlem-knights
Olympia Church donatedDec. 08
Michael Paoli donatedDec. 07"You go girl...."- via madison salmon
Help us meet our first goal of $250
When we raise $250, we will be awarded with a matching STEM Power Grant of $250! We're almost there, thanks to our generous supporters! Will you help us?
ThePrettyPoodle.com donatedDec. 04"Best of Luck! You make us all proud!"- via August Frost
“An anonymous donation was madeDec. 04"I wish you guys all the best this upcoming season. Go Harlem Knights!!!"- via August Frost
Avi Daman donatedDec. 03- via Avi Daman
Avi Daman donatedDec. 03- via Avi Daman
Kelly Brown donatedDec. 03"Good luck, guys! I hope you raise everything that you need :) "- via August Frost
Enkhjargal Batjargal donatedDec. 03"Erkhes's Mom, wishing all the Harlem Robotics Team members best of success in the upcoming competitions! U GUYS ROCK!!!"- via Erkhes OB
It's Giving Tuesday and we are officially launching our campaign! Would you consider funding pieces of our 2015 robot while making an investment in the lives of over 40 minority students in Harlem?
Frederick Douglass Academy has started online fundraising!
Our team has officially started accepting credit card donations. We need awesome team members and donors like you to share this link and tell your community why you support Frederick Douglass Academy Harlem Knights!
https://fda1.ed.co/harlem-knights Oct. 08
Joel Bianchi is now an admin for the Frederick Douglass Academy Harlem Knights
At 08:25 pm, the fundraising platform for Frederick Douglass Academy was born.Oct. 08