Robotics challenge is no problem for ‘All Stars’ problem-solvers

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The Brooklyn Public Library held its second-ever Robotics League Championship on June 23 that brought children and teens from eight libraries to the Central Branch for a hyper-visual competition of wits; skill; and science, technology, egineering, and mathematics learning.

Congrats are sent to the all-girls All Stars team from the Gravesend Library Branch, who won the competition, the trophy, and the bragging rights with their creation. Budding bot makers included Renee Mui, Evalyn Wu, Sherlyn Wu, Rowan Walters, Kaitlyn Wu, and Sabrina Ng

This year’s theme was Nature’s Fury, which centered around natural disasters and how humans manage them. The kids were challenged to build robots that can clear a fallen tree branch from a power line, lift a house to avoid flooding, and get ambulances and supply trucks to a safe zone.

Kids used LEGO MINDSTORMS® EV3, components which combine LEGO® elements with a programmable brick, motors and sensors.

Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch (10 Grand Army Plaza in Crown Heights).

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She’s the tops

Three cheers and huzzah to borough daughter Rebecca Lerner, who was named to the 2018 list of Top 100 Women Financial Advisor by Barron’s Magazine.

Rebecca is a managing director and wealth management advisor at Merrill Lynch.

Earlier in 2018, Rebecca was recognized by Forbes as a top woman wealth advisor. She started at Merrill Lynch in 1997, and has been helping high net worth clients achieve their financial goals through comprehensive planning for every stage of their lives.

Standing O could use a bit of financial wisdom.

Borough Park

Angels of Mercy

Maimonides Medical Center invited selected budding Angels of Mercy to be honorary “Nurses for a Day” in celebration of National Nurses Week in June.

The lucky honorary care givers were given custom-made nursing uniforms and attended a brief orientation before assuming their duties. Each honorary nurse was paired with a Maimonides nurse — and the duos set out to provide that TLC that only nurses can provide to patients throughout the center, including the Children’s Hospital and the Cancer Center.

Honorary nurses included James O’Neill, NYC Police Commissioner; Raja Ali Eja, Consulate General of Pakistan in New York; Steve Mei, Brooklyn Branch Director of the Chinese-American Planning Council; Cathy Cramer, Esq., Legal Information for Families Today CEO; Bruce Balter, New York State Supreme Court Justice; Frances Vella-Marrone, Dyker Heights Civic Association President; and Baruch Shemtov, Fox 5 “Good Day New York” reporter.

After completing several hours of nursing duties, the “nurses” attended a graduation ceremony where they received “diplomas.” Kenneth Gibbs, president and chief executive officer at the hospital, congratulated them and invited them to share their experiences with the group.

“The goal of this event was to provide a realistic glimpse into the day-to-day activities of our nursing staff,” he said, adding, “nurses are an integral part of the healthcare team, and are the true backbones of patient care.”

Maimonides Medical Center (4802 10th Ave. in Borough Park).

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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