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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!


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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.

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What we're up to

  • Make a Difference Judges Award

    Our team finished 19th out of 49 teams, and brought home the "Make a Difference" Judges Award for the way we are changing the culture in our school, community, and around the world! (PC: Scott Borden)

  • Enyonam Anku donated "Go Harlem Knights!! Good luck!" - via Myles Nutifafa
  • Enyonam Anku donated - via Myles Nutifafa
  • Keon achieved Elite Diamond Fundraiser status by raising $1,000 for the club.

  • Keisha Hanley donated "Go Keon Go. Wishing you and the team the best in your competitions. From your HBO Advertising Family" - via Keon Hanley
  • Chris Middleton donated "Good Luck!!! Go Harlem Knights!!" - via Kemo Robinson
  • Gene Stober donated - via Madison Velez
  • Neal Kane donated "It's an honor to support this project. Hope your robot takes the prize! " - via Jamesey Exime
  • Ms. Dawson donated "Kemo, you are so persistent! I hope you all have fun and do well at the competition!" - via Kemo Robinson
  • Bianca Hill donated "Have fun Kemi on the trip with the team gear. Good luck and have fun Harlem Knights!!" - via kemi robinson
  • Essie Robinson donated "Team Gear" - via kemi robinson
  • Chevon Miles donated "Keep being GREAT!" - via Donashia Dewar
  • Angela Williamson donated - via Kemo Robinson
  • Dana Patrick donated
  • Carol Schlitt donated "Best of luck Malachi! You are a rock star!" - via Malachi Patrick
  • Jason Shand donated - via Malachi Blenman
  • We are blown away by our supporters!

    We are thrilled to have surpassed 100 supporters and our goal! Thank you to everyone's generosity. We still welcome more donations to cover the cost of website and credit card fees, and would love to have your name on our robot!

  • Malachi leveled up to Elite Platinum status by capturing $250 in donations for the club.

  • Bernadette Blenman donated "For Malachi B.'s T-shirt & hoodie! Keep doing what you do, knights! x" - via Malachi Blenman
  • Auntie Pat donated "Good Luck at the competition. So proud of you" - via Malachi Patrick
  • Tasha Wray donated - via Donashia Dewar
  • Malachi became an Elite Gold Funrdaiser by closing the deal with 10 club donors.

  • Tasha Wray donated - via Malachi Blenman
  • Yvonne Miller donated - via Marlahna Miller
  • Marie Patterson donated "Good luck in your competition" - via Malachi Patrick
  • Essie Robinson donated "Good luck " - via kemi robinson
  • A C Smith donated "GO HARLEM NIGHTS!" - via Malachi Patrick
  • Liorry Herisnor donated "Keep up the great work little cousin, so proud of you!" - via Jamesey Exime
  • Jodie Alexander donated "Amazing you are" - via Donashia Dewar
  • Shaneika Robinson donated "Keep doing your thing baby girl" - via Donashia Dewar
  • Ramona Montaque donated "Best of luck to the team!" - via Donashia Dewar
  • Clayvi Brown donated "Great work! " - via Donashia Dewar
  • Frankie LeBron donated "Keep striving for excellence!! Xoxo" - via Donashia Dewar
  • Hashim Campbell donated - via Donashia Dewar
  • Tudian Payne donated "We are so proud of the wonderful things you and your team have been doing!!! " - via Donashia Dewar
  • Valerie Casey donated "Best Of Luck" - via Keon Hanley
  • Phyllis Cregan donated "Wishing all the luck in your competitions! Very impressive work. Phyllis Cregan" - via Keon Hanley
  • Kemo Robinson donated "Team gear" - via Kemo Robinson
  • carroll verley donated - via lauren solomon
  • Jalissa Jimenez donated "Team Gear" - via Samuel Gonzalez
  • Morita Fullwood donated "Good Luck!!" - via Keon Hanley
  • Maria Hanley donated - via Keon Hanley
  • Minh T. Nguyen donated "Good luck!" - via Jamesey Exime
  • Meet Tinko Express

    Our 2017 robot is boxy like a steam train, designed to pick up gears and hang them on a peg, as well as climb a rope! This video shows Tinko Express scoring a gear in autonomous mode.

  • Thank you for your generosity!

    Thank you so much to all who have so generously donated to our campaign! We are busily preparing for our first competition, the Finger Lakes Regional in Rochester March 17-18! If you're in the area, please come and cheer us on!

  • tarikua emiru donated - via Keon Hanley
  • Delvyn Fernandez donated - via Madison Velez
  • Mabelline Daniel donated "God continue to Bless you and the team Keon" - via Keon Hanley
  • Sandra Brino donated "Best Wishes from Team 195 The CyberKnights. Have a great Steam Works season!!1"
  • Edgar Cabrera donated
  • Johanna Verley donated - via lauren solomon
  • Nazzie Liverman-Brooks donated "You can do anything you set your mind to. Sky is the limit." - via Keon Hanley
  • Marlo Gantt donated "Good luck and I hope your team wins!" - via Keon Hanley
  • “An anonymous donation was made "Good luck everyone!"
  • Akeem Francis donated "Let''s go team!" - via Joel Bianchi
  • Stephen Bozak donated
  • Ingrid Reyes donated "Good luck team!!!"
  • Saleem Thompson donated - via Navine Thompson
  • Julian Frost donated - via August Frost
  • Hemil leveled up to Elite Platinum status by capturing $250 in donations for the club.

  • Hemil became an Elite Gold Funrdaiser by closing the deal with 10 club donors.

  • Pamela Rosa donated "Good luck team!" - via Hemil Tavarez
  • Gamze Z donated "Stay focused!" - via Madison Velez
  • KAREN BLANDING donated "Congratulations Lauren Best wishes" - via lauren solomon
  • KAREN BLANDING donated - via lauren solomon
  • Faith Bianchi donated
  • nike Elder donated "Making yours and our future a better place. Thank you " - via lauren solomon
  • Krista Jackson donated "Good Luck!!" - via Keon Hanley
  • Ijeoma D. Iheanacho donated "Good luck guys! Make NYC proud!" - via Khalil Tavarez
  • Esther Gossett donated "Good luck, Keon! (Your aunt rules!)" - via Keon Hanley
  • Katrina Speller donated "Good luck - keep up the good work!" - via Keon Hanley
  • Filippa Williams donated "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 donated - via Kemo Robinson
  • Essie Robinson donated - via Kemo Robinson
  • Essie Robinson donated - via kemi robinson
  • Yu Xian Lau donated - via Sally Lau
  • Yvonne Miller donated "Work hard! :D" - via Marlahna Miller
  • Barbara Williams donated "Keep up the good work Mali." - via Malachi Blenman
  • Kevin Cravey donated "Good luck " - via Keon Hanley
  • Jose Rodriguez donated "Yeah!" - via Madison Velez
  • Maurice Reynolds donated - via Keon Hanley
  • Maleisha Cravey donated - via Keon Hanley
  • Noble Dunyo donated - via Malachi Blenman
  • Kiyaffa Black donated "So proud of you, I wish you the best. Love you" - via Malachi Blenman
  • Marcella Bowden donated "Sorry couldn't do more today, Love you Mali" - via Malachi Blenman
  • Marcella Bowden donated "Hi, nephew Aunty love U" - via Malachi Blenman
  • Edward Stepien donated - via Khalil Tavarez
  • Mederic Burton donated - via Malachi Blenman
  • Pedro Burton donated - via Malachi Blenman
  • Pedro Gil donated - via Khalil Tavarez
  • Eli Nunez donated "Good luck khalil" - via Khalil Tavarez
  • Jose Badillo donated "Good Luck!!!" - via Khalil Tavarez
  • El Dorado Bakery Corp l Rosa donated "Felicidades mi niño, yo sé que lo van a lograr" - via Hemil Tavarez
  • Luz Rosa donated - via Hemil Tavarez
  • Miguel Rosario donated "Buena suerte primo you got this 👍👍👍👍👍" - via Hemil Tavarez
  • Greg Lawrence donated - via madison salmon
  • Teressa Lawrence donated - via madison salmon
  • “An anonymous donation was made - via Khalil Tavarez
  • Jacqueline Salmon donated - via madison salmon
  • Bibi Samaroo donated
  • Keisha Hanley donated "Go Team Go!!! Wishing you the best this year. " - via Keon Hanley
  • Jason Rivas donated "good luck" - via Joel Bianchi
  • Sarah Calcano donated "Suerte!" - via Hemil Tavarez
  • Jeiffry Rosa donated "Hemil we wish you the best of luck!!! " - via Hemil Tavarez
  • Heather Brooke donated "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 donated - via madison salmon
  • Jose Roman donated "You are the best" - via Hemil Tavarez
  • Keisha Salmon donated - via madison salmon
  • Jennifer Abounader-Ciesla donated "Good luck, Madison!" - via Madison Velez
  • Rosemary Tavarez donated "Keep going, you're the best" - via Hemil Tavarez
  • Jhonny Rosa donated "Hemil wishing you and your team success ...Jhonny, Sarah, Pamela and Adrianna" - via Hemil Tavarez
  • Mildred Belliard donated "Hemil, you make us proud everyday!!! Go Harlem Knights!!!" - via Hemil Tavarez
  • Auntie Lee donated "So proud of the teamwork and dedication!! Good Luck!! xo" - via madison salmon
  • Annjana Ramesh donated - via Charles Marshall
  • Francis Inoa donated - via Khalil Tavarez
  • Full Steam Ahead!

    The game rules for FIRST STEAMworks were revealed yesterday! #fullsteamahead

  • Ana Ramirez donated "Best of luck! Love tia" - via Michael Pinzon
  • Joseph Klaynberg Wonder Works donated "Good Luck!" - via Michael Pinzon
  • Debbie Pinzon donated "Hope this helps your team!" - via Michael Pinzon
  • Kevin Pinzon donated - via Michael Pinzon
  • Alyssa Palomba donated "Good luck! Have fun! :)" - via Madison Velez
  • Pamella Peguero donated "Anything for my friend Madison and her team .Go team " - via Madison Velez
  • Veronica Velez donated "Good luck! " - via Madison Velez
  • Mark Giordono donated "Good luck!"
  • Keisha Hanley donated "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 donated "Good Luck!!!" - via Elijah Pacheco
  • Jim & Diana Giddon donated - via Elijah Pacheco
  • Miguel Soberanis donated "Do the robot dance! " - via Elijah Pacheco
  • Eric Fernandez donated "Keep up the good work! See you soon" - via Elijah Pacheco
  • madison salmon donated "Towards my shirt and sweatshirt " - via madison salmon
  • “An anonymous donation was made - via Ashley Rivas
  • Ken Giddon donated - via Elijah Pacheco
  • Raul Pacheco donated "Let's go get 'em Knights !!!" - via Elijah Pacheco
  • Francia Inoa donated "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 donated - via Navine Thompson
  • William Moseson donated
  • Rubi Hernandez donated - via Rubi Hernandez
  • Keisha Hanley donated "Harlem Knights best of luck from your HBO Advertising Family. " - via Keon Hanley
  • Karen Hunt donated "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.

  • Sharon Noble donated "Congratulations Keon and Go Harlem Knights. Good luck to you." - via Keon Hanley
  • Nickolai Belakovski donated
  • Jason Rivas donated - via Joel Bianchi
  • Valda Norris donated - via Keon Hanley
  • Keon became an Elite Gold Funrdaiser by closing the deal with 10 club donors.

  • Tarikua Emiru donated "Good job Keon- keep up the good work." - via Keon Hanley
  • Michelle Emeh donated "Keep Shining Keon!!! Go Harlem Knights!" - via Keon Hanley
  • Maleisha Cravey donated "Good Luck Team ! " - via Keon Hanley
  • Eric Harrell donated "Your cousin Keisha loves you! GOOD LUCK! " - via Keon Hanley
  • FIRST Inspires!

    Our team is featured on this video made by FIRST as they promote inclusion and diversity in STEM.

  • Sharvonne Williams donated "I am so proud of you Keon! Go FDA! " - via Keon Hanley
  • Lori Reed donated "Good Luck! I know the Harlem Knights will make us Proud!" - via Keon Hanley
  • Pam Levine donated "Best of luck!! " - via Keon Hanley
  • Filippa Williams donated "Good luck!" - via Keon Hanley
  • Mabelline Daniel donated - via Keon Hanley
  • Keisha Hanley donated "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 donated "Good luck, ladies and gentlemen! And congratulations on pursuing a project that will prepare you to build the future!"
  • Jayde Lovell donated "With love from the team @ Next MacGyver! " - via Faith Bianchi
  • Mr. Devery donated "Good Luck FDA Robotics team. "
  • Aishah Zuhri donated "I consider it a privilege to support Elijah and his team in this valiant quest! " - via Elijah Pacheco
  • Samantha Pacheco donated "Wish I could do more! Best of luck to all of you!!!" - via Elijah Pacheco
  • Yu Xian Lau donated "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?

  • Sharon McNulty donated "Glad to help!"
  • Michael Quinn donated "Do well and learn"
  • Nancy B. Rubinger donated "So glad to help - good luck in everything." - via Charles Marshall
  • Carrian Hylton donated - via Charles Marshall
  • 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. donated "Have a great upcoming season!"
  • Edco donated
  • Talik Currie donated - via Talik Currie
  • Nicole McIntyre donated "Tyra-Daryle Henry, I wish you both the very best in your team's effort! ~Aunty Nicole~" - via Tyra Henry
  • Ingrid Gonzalez donated "Yay Team! Thank you Mr. Bianchi for not just building a robot but building a community." - via Arlene De Leon
  • “An anonymous donation was made
  • Thank you!!

    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 donated "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 donated "Believe in your dreams! 😄" - via Carey Brown
  • Sharon Joseph donated "You are brilliant and AWESOME keep up the GREAT WORK." - via Carey Brown
  • Timeline 50

    $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.

  • Thomas Horan donated "Good luck in your competition this weekend!"
  • PK donated "Best of luck!"
  • Simone Moore donated "I better be 50" - via Joel Bianchi
  • Lena Frazier donated "good luck"
  • “An anonymous donation was made
  • Ronald Cubas donated
  • susan macbride donated
  • “An anonymous donation was made - via Faith Bianchi
  • ELiTE donated - via Kemo Robinson
  • Shaton Washington donated "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 donated "Keep going! " - via Carey Brown
  • Laura Pula donated "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 made - via Faith Bianchi
  • Ronald Cubas donated - via Joel Bianchi
  • Marilyn Armel donated
  • Saleem Thompson donated "GO FDA!!" - via Navine Thompson
  • Timeline 100

    $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.

  • Alliance Building Systems LLC donated "We stand behind and support you Harlem Knights."
  • pedro burton donated - via Malachi Blenman
  • Diana Cypress donated "The best of luck to you!" - via August Frost
  • Kari Moore donated "Best of luck!" - via August Frost
  • Aleta L.Hernandez donated "Blessings for success...Go team.." - via August Frost
  • Essie robinson donated - via Kemo Robinson
  • Grace Wang donated "Go Harlem Knights! We're rooting for you!" - via Joel Bianchi
  • Futures and options donated - via Kemo Robinson
  • Norval Soleyn donated - via Kemo Robinson
  • Jason Rivas donated "hope this year will be wonderful too" - via Joel Bianchi
  • James Morin donated - via Nabila Medina
  • Jesssica Eshleman donated "Good luck at the competition and best wishes for life filled with curiosity!" - via Nabila Medina
  • Shamus Khan donated - via Nabila Medina
  • Kathy and Bill Gillett donated "Great concept, go global -- think local (team). Good Luck." - via Nabila Medina
  • Keith Rasmussen donated "I wish you all the very best!" - via Nabila Medina
  • “An anonymous donation was made - via Nabila Medina
  • Edco donated "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 donated "Good luck at all your competitions. When you're selling candy, remember that Mr. Ma already donated . :) "
  • Pat Cusanelli donated "Go Harlem Knights...Lets do the math...." - via Navine Thompson
  • Quinn Consulting donated
  • Recycle Rush!

    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 donated "You guys are doing awesome work! Your community believes in you!" - via Faith Bianchi
  • Bernadette Blenman donated "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 donated "good luck guys" - via Jatara Clark
  • Luanna Polanco donated "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!

  • Tricia Montanile donated - via Georgia Richmond
  • john izzi donated "good luck. you are the future. make the most of it." - via Georgia Richmond
  • “An anonymous donation was made - via August Frost
  • Timeline 250

    $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.

  • Olympia Church donated
  • Michael Paoli donated "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?

  • donated "Best of Luck! You make us all proud!" - via August Frost
  • “An anonymous donation was made "I wish you guys all the best this upcoming season. Go Harlem Knights!!!" - via August Frost
  • Avi Daman donated - via Avi Daman
  • Avi Daman donated - via Avi Daman
  • Kelly Brown donated "Good luck, guys! I hope you raise everything that you need :) " - via August Frost
  • Enkhjargal Batjargal donated "Erkhes's Mom, wishing all the Harlem Robotics Team members best of success in the upcoming competitions! U GUYS ROCK!!!" - via Erkhes OB
  • #GivingTuesday

    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!

  • 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.