What we're all about

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We are a hardworking robotics team from New York that lives for technology, team-building and competition. Our mission is to promote STEM 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
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  • Myles Nutifafa
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  • Naliyah Grant
  • Georgia Richmond
  • Erkhes OB
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  • joseph green
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  • Briana Smith
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  • Matthew Morris
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  • kemi robinson
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  • Keon Hanley
  • Carey Brown
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  • Georgia Richmond
  • Edlynn Williams
  • Simone Moore
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  • Michael Stone
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  • madison salmon
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  • Darrell Simmons
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  • diante johnson
  • Ahmed Alzubairi
  • Charles Marshall
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  • Arlene De Leon
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  • Fatoumata Gamby
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  • Marlahna Miller
  • Richard Beckford
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  • Nickol Zurita
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  • Carlos James
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  • Jamesey Exime
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  • Victor Zapata III
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  • cletia smith
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  • Khalil Tavarez
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  • steven rivera
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  • Jamesey Exime
  • Okyere Akuoko
  • Donny Deus
  • August Frost
  • Samuel Nortey
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  • Sally Lau
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  • lauren solomon
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  • angel moret
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  • Dantae Flowers
  • Daryle Henry
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  • Khaleed Rashid
  • Faith Bianchi
  • Nicholas Fogle
  • Malachi Blenman
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  • rajay channer
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  • Kemo Robinson
  • Rubi Hernandez
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  • gerardo ramirez
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  • Dami Jobi
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  • Rebekah Byrd
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  • Jessica Adjei
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  • Joel Bianchi
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  • Manny Chimbo
  • Kemo Robinson
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  • Adoma Amoah-Mensah
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  • Justina Agyei-Mensah
  • Bao Huynh
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  • Navine Thompson
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  • Elijah Pacheco
  • Kemi Robinson
  • Matthew Morris
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  • Nabila Medina
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  • Samuel Gonzalez
  • Jatara Clark
  • Michael Stone
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  • Claudene Roye
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  • nathali cepeda
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  • Obed Pen-Ogbolu
  • Brandon Mata
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  • Martin Volerich
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  • Christopher Kim
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  • mary campoverde
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  • Christopher Rodriguez
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  • Ashley Rivas
$6,478 Raised since October 8, 2014

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CIM motors, car window motors, and RS550 motors to 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

  • 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? http://www.fox5ny.com/good-day/66339956-video

  • 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
  • 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
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    $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 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
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    $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 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! http://instagram.com/p/wh0a5csErL/

  • 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. https://fda1.ed.co/harlem-knights

  • 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?

  • ThePrettyPoodle.com 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.