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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Community Conversation With Cornell Tech Faculty On Law, Technology & Democracy Monday April 29 - Professor James Grimmelmann On HavenCo, Pirate Radio, Machine Guns, Rampant Copyright Infringement & More

The Roosevelt Island Community Conversations with Cornell Tech faculty begun last fall, continues next week.  On Monday, April 29, Professor James Grimmelman will speak on Law and Technology.

According to Cornell Tech:

James Grimmelmann: Law and Technology

Community Conversations with Cornell Tech Faculty

Cornell Tech

Monday, April 29, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

Does it seem like the Internet is out of control? Are technology companies undermining government control and freeing people to do absolutely anything they want online? And is that a good thing or a bad thing?

James Grimmelmann studies law and technology. He tries to understand today's digital controversies by looking for times when similar things have happened in the past. He will explain current struggles to regulate technology by telling the unbelievable real-life tale of HavenCo, one of the unlikeliest startups of all time. Its headquarters was an abandoned World War II anti-aircraft platform seven miles off the British coast — and the story just gets weirder from there. It includes pirate radio, machine guns, rampant copyright infringement, a Red Bull skateboarding special, perpetual motion machines, and the Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States.

James will use the story of HavenCo as a jumping-off point for a conversation about technology and democracy.

James Grimmelmann is a Professor at Cornell Tech and in the Law School at Cornell University. James writes about search engines, social networks, data havens, hackers, trolls, copyright-infringing robots, and magical 3D printers, among other things. He is the author of the casebook Internet Law: Cases and Problems, now in its eighth edition, and of over fifty scholarly articles and essays.

Here's more on the Cornell Tech Law Program

and Professor Grimmelmann's essay - The Platform Is The Message.

Click here to register for the Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Community Conversation with Professor James Grimmelmann.

The first Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Faculty conversation was with Professor Serge 
Belongie on Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Augmented Reality. Watch the video here.

The second Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Faculty conversation was with Professor Nicolai Dell on Creating Tech For Underserved Communities. Watch the video here.

The third Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Faculty conversation was with  Professor Mor Naaman on Tech, Media & Democracy. Don't have video of that presentation.

Fascinating video here on HavenCo and efforts to avoid government regulation of data

Monday, April 22, 2019

Roosevelt Island Moving Forward Initiative From Island Kids - Includes Free 6 Week Vocational Training For Young Adults 18-30 Starting April 26, 10 Week Song Writing & Music Video Production Program For Teens Starting April 26 And Cooking/Culinary Arts Programs For Teens Too

Island Kids' Nikki Leopold reports on the start of the Moving Forward free initiative for Roosevelt Island that includes a vocational program for young adults ages 18-30 and 2 teen program for 14-18 year olds.

According to Ms Leopold:

Moving Forward is the newest Island Kids initiative. The goal of Moving Forward is to help teens and young adults successfully navigate the personal, social and emotional growth necessary to reach their full potential. Based on a series of focus groups held in 2018, the following programs were implemented

Moving Forward Vocational Program: (aged 18-30)

We are very happy to announce the beginning of the Moving Forward Vocational Program. Participants will take part in a series of workshops designed to address possible barriers in finding employment and staying employed. The workshops will focus on work readiness and anger management and run for 6 weeks. Topics will include interviewing skills, attitudes towards work, preparation for the work environment, stressors and demands of family, self-sabotage and adapting to the work environment. At the completion of the workshops, participants will receive a certificate and have an opportunity to choose from vocational programs including security guard training, flagging, painting, and training to receive their drivers license. All vocational training will be free of charge for the participants and paid for by the Moving Forward program. Registration is open now and workshops begin on April 30th.

Moving Forward Teens (aged 14-18)

Island Kids Teen Cooking Club

The Island Kids Teen Cooking Club began in the fall of 2018. The club is for teens aged 14-18 and is free of charge. The cooking club teaches teens to cook delicious meals while learning the benefits of healthy eating. In addition, the club hope to spark interest in some of the teens to pursue a career in the culinary arts. In the spring of 2019, teens will go on "field trips" to colleges with culinary arts programs to learn more about the field. The club meets once a week throughout the year. At the end of each semester, the teens prepare and serve a meal free of charge to the community. In December, we held our first annual winter celebration dinner, open to the entire Roosevelt Island Community. This year, we will collaborate with Carter Burden and the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association to hold a Mother's Day brunch for seniors at the senior center.

Teen Song Writing and Video Production Workshop

Island Kids is partnering with Open Doors to implement a song writing and music video production program for teens aged 14-18. The program is free of charge. The 10 week pilot program will begin on April 26th . Teens will work with members of Open Doors to learn song writing and music production techniques including use of samples, understanding tempo and rhythm, editing lyrics, collaborative song writing, vocal editing and arrangement, storyboarding and performance technique. The program will culminate in students performing their song in their own music video. Students are also introduced to song writing and Video production as a possible career path.

Those that are interested in registering should email
Ms Leopold discussed the needs of Roosevelt Island Teens and Young Adults during the October 2018 RIRA Public Purpose Fund Grants application process shown in video below.

Learn About Cornell Tech Makers Lab From It's Creative Lead And Roosevelt Island Resident Niti Parikh At RI NY Public Library Tonight, April 22 - Empowering Learners Of All Ages And Backgrounds Through Making

Roosevelt Island resident and Creative Lead of the Cornell Tech MakerLab Niti Parikh will give a presentation this evening at the Roosevelt Island NY Public Library (524 Main Street).

According to the Roosevelt Island NY Public Library:
Cornell Tech MakerLAB Presentation

Monday, April 22, 2019, 6 p.m.

Roosevelt Island Library

Niti Parikh, Creative Lead of the MakerLAB at Cornell Tech, will present her work as a designer, maker, and educator. She will present on how we can empower learners of all ages and backgrounds to express their ideas and build new relationships through making. Examples include teaching ‘3D Printed Life Hacks” with senior citizens, medical school students and engineering / design students, exploring low-tech fabrication through the ‘Maker’s Corner’ with kids ages 5-13 at public schools in CA and NY and ‘npstudio’ where we practice modern day crafts to solve design problems big and small.
More Roosevelt Island NY Public Library events here.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Both Roosevelt Island Tram Cabins Back In Service Says RIOC This Evening - Separate Lines For RI Residents And Workers Needed Says Many Frustrated Riders

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced this evening:

Please be advised that both the North and South Cabins of the Roosevelt Island Tramway are currently in operation. This is an update to a previous advisory which stated that only one cabin would be in use.
Both cabins running will alleviate some of the overcrowding experienced with only 1 Tram Cabin in use during the Tram Overhaul Project.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Amazing Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts Tech Hoppers Robotics Team Win NYC Lego Championship, On Way To World Championship Next Week With Plan For Asteroid To Mars - Honored By NY State Senator Jose Serrano With Achievement Certificate And Cited As Shining Example To All Young Women Interested In Robotics

As reported last March 18, Roosevelt Island Girl Scout Troop 3001 Tech Hoppers Robotics Team were the winners in the First Lego League NYC Robotics Championship. Girl Scout Troop 3001 Leader Aiesha Eleusizov reported at the time:

We are all still in a state of shock!! We did indeed win the NYC First LEGO League Robotics tournament today! The top two teams in NYC go to the World Championships in Detroit - It's pretty amazing!! The girls did such an amazing job!!
Last Wednesday evening April 17, during the Tech Hoppers final practice at Cornell Tech's Tata Innovation Center before heading off to the First World Championship Competition in Detroit, Roosevelt Island's NY State Senator Jose Serrano met with the Tech Hoppers team,

listened to their competition presentation on Flying An Asteroid To Mars and honored the Tech Hoppers with a Certificate Of Achievement.

According to this statement from Senator Serrano's office:
... Senator Serrano will be honoring Girl Scout Troop 3001's the Tech Hoppers, for their achievements in robotics and their first place victory in the FIRST Lego League New York City Championship. Next week, the troop is proudly headed to the worldwide FIRST Championship in Detroit, the world’s largest celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for students. The team of nine girls in the 6th and 7th grades, meets weekly at the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, where they are mentored and coached by Cornell students and staff. In its four years, the troops robotics program has involved over 15 Girl Scouts and has never turned a girl away because of need or experience.

"As a supporter of empowering girls and women to enter STEM fields, I am very proud of the Roosevelt Island Tech Hoppers," said Senator Serrano. "They serve as a wonderful example to other young students interested in robotics, and regardless of the outcome at the world championship, they have already accomplished a tremendous achievement."
and from social media.

Here's the Roosevelt Island Girl Scout Tech Hoppers practice presentation proposing their solution to the radiation problem for astronauts traveling to Mars - use an asteroid as the transportation vehicle

Here's State Senator Serrano's presentation of Achievement Certificates to the Tech Hoppers Team.

Girl Scout Troop 3001 Leader Aiesha Eleusizov adds:
I would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all of our supporters -

Cornell Tech for providing the team with an amazing space, coaches and mentors – in particular, Diane Levitt and Samara Rose Selden and Cornell Tech mentors Jillian Burns, Natalie Abrams and Jivesh Tolani!

Nathalie and Ilan from Dr. Wu's lab at Cornell Tech

Talya Stein, Anne Goodfriend and Yoav Friedland from FIRST Lab for providing a welcoming space for us to practice on weekends!

Mike Sorrenti from SpaceX for mentoring and inspiring the girls on all things space-related!

Norm Sutaria and Lisa Cai from NYC FIRST

Girl Scouts of Greater New York - Abby Whipker, CEO Meredith Maskara and the Council's fabulous fundraising team, for supporting the team and sending us to Detroit!

We couldn't have accomplished so much without all of this incredible support!!

Roosevelt Island parents -

This is our local RI Girl Scout team and we are heading to Detroit next week!!! Our wonderful Girl Scout council is fundraising to pay for the entire trip!!! If you can support the team, please consider a tax deductible donation to our council!

You can follow us while we’re there on Instagram at techhoppers.

I am so proud of how hard these girls have worked!!!

If anyone is a parent of a girl that would like to be a coach next year - please reach out to me. Our incredible coach with these amazing girls want to mentor a new team next year!!
From the Girl Scouts of Greater NY:

Since 2011, Girl Scout Robotics has become an important component of our suite of STEM programs. We’re thrilled to announce that for the first time, one of our talented teams will compete in the world championships!

The Tech Hoppers of Troop 3001 won the NYC FIRST Lego League Robotics Tournament and have advanced to the international FIRST Lego League World Championships in Detroit!

After years of hard work, the Tech Hoppers from Roosevelt Island will join tens of thousands of students, educators, and STEM industry professionals at a multi-day competition this month. We could not be more proud!

We are working to raise $25,000 to send the Tech Hoppers to the Championship, and we hope friends like you will invest in these young engineers.

Will you make a gift to send this talented team to Detroit?...
Congrats to the Roosevelt Island Girls Scouts Tech Hoppers team for your achievements to date. Roosevelt Island is rooting for you in the Championships. Good Luck.

Hope Church Hosts Roosevelt Island Egg Hunt Saturday April 20 At Firefighers Field - 10 Thousand Eggs To Be Picked Up Filled With Candy

Hope Church is hosting the annual Roosevelt Island Egg Hunt at Firefighters Field.

According to Hope Church:
Join neighbors from the surrounding area for an island Egg Hunt. Gather at Firefighters park (across from 405 Main Street) for a free egg hunt. Get ready for some live music, kids activities, snacks, and 10,000 Eggs filled with candy!

We will also be raffling fun prize baskets from our local Roosevelt Island businesses. This is your place to purchase your discount raffle tickets below. The day of prices will go up!
Here are some scenes from 2018 Egg Hunt.

Past eggs hunts hosted by Hope Church and before them, the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA), here.

UPDATE 4/20, 10:55 AM - According to the Hope Church:
Parents and Guardians,

Sorry for the change, but we will postpone until 4PM today

We will still meet at (Firefighters field) at 4PM

Hope to see everyone there.

Get out those rain boots! It will be a messy (and memorable) egg hunt!
UPDATE 7:20 PM - After a few hours delay due to the rain earlier this morning the Roosevelt Island Egg Hunt took place with approximately 500 families taking part.

Here are some scenes.

After the rush to pick up as many eggs as possible, I witnessed a very nice act of kindness by one young Roosevelt Islander. A boy named Matthew learned that a friend was upset because she was not able to get many eggs. Matthew took some of the eggs in his basket and slipped them into his friend's basket - Well done Matthew!