pic: Arigato, Mr. LEGO Roboto

Domo arigato, Mr. LEGO Roboto,
Congratulations to Bronx School IS-98 from NYC FIRST, they are going to Japan.

The Executive Board of FIRST Japan has invited the school
to participate in the coming FLL Asian Open Championship event which will be held in Tokyo, Japan during April 27 - 29.

thats Impressive. what is their max score?


This is huge–someone had better make sure there are pictures!

An Update:

**FLL Open Asian Championship 2008, Tokyo, participating team list **
Brazil 4 teams
Canada 1 team
China 6 teams
Denmark 1 team
Egypt 1 team
Germany 2 teams
France 2 teams
Hong Kong 1 team
Ireland 1 team
Israel 2 teams
Malaysia 1 team
Mexico 1 team
Norway 1 team
Peru 1 team
Saudi Arabia 2 teams
Singapore 1 team
South Korea 6 teams
Spain 2 teams
Sweeden 2 teams
Taiwan 3 teams
The Netherlands 2 teams
Turkey 3 teams
United Kingdom 1 team
United States 4 teams
Japan 7 teams

PS- One of the other FLL teams from the United States held three cake sales and raised $1,200 for the Ridder Kids which they will bring with them when I meet them tonight. A great example of Gracious Professionalism.
I’ll try to find out the name of the other team!

A report from the far (East) side:
"Good afternoon everyone,

It has been a very exciting time for the “Ridder Kids” since arriving in Tokyo this past weekend. Everyone on the team is so amazed at how clean the subways, streets etc. are. The kids are really enjoying the politeness of the Japanese and their different customs i.e bowing.The students have been going to Japanese restaurants to get a taste of Japanese food.

The first photo below taken of the “Ridder Kids” was in the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium the sight of the The 1964 Summer Olympics and the location of the 2008 FLL Open Asian Championship. Each of the 25 countries (56 teams) presented their banners and flags during the opening ceremonies.

The second photo shows the Ridder Kids competing at the FLL Table. During the first round match they scored a perfect 400, only accomplished by seven other FLL teams. The team finished the competition in the top half of the draw.

At the closing ceremonies yesterday the “Ridder Kids” received Honorable Mention for their hard work raising the funds needed to travel to Japan to compete at the FLL Open Asian Championship. In addition as a sign of “Gracious Professionalism” it was announced that the “Ridder Kids” were inviting the members of the Little Red School House FLL Team to join them for dinner to show their appreciation. They were the FLL team that contacted me recently to say that the students on their team had held cake sales to raise money for the Ridder Kids. See third photo of both teams.

This afternoon the team returned from a day of touring Tokyo by bus with stops at the Meiji Shrine ( see photo below), East Garden at the Imperial Palace, and finally shopping at the Akasaka shopping district.

As we prepare to leave on Thursday I want to THANK everyone who made this trip of a lifetime possible for these 10 exceptional students. I especially want to acknowledge all the hard work of the principal, Claralee Irobunda who’s extraordinary efforts made this trip a reality. Of course the team’s coach, Harold Smith and the other chaperones should be applauded for all they have done for the students on this trip.

As someone who has been traveling with high school students around the country over the past 9 years I can honestly say that I have never been prouder of a group of students. They represented their school, city and country as fine examples of what NYC public school students are capable of doing.

Gary Israel"

(Photos will be posted.)