Fostering Growth & Development
RCNY President Dr. Cowin, through the RCNY Foundation, has offered support to the  Harlem Knights team of Frederick Douglass Academy, participants in a STEM program (Science Technology, Engineering, Math) part of the the US Dept. of Education's education program (STEM). The Knight's team is part of "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology" (FIRST) which focuses on robotics.
    more on the Knights, FIRST, & STEM inside.

About FIRST and the Harlem Knights
FIRST engages students in exciting mentor-based robotics programs to develop science, engineering, and technology skills, inspire innovation, and foster self-confidence, communication skills, and leadership. An outstanding FIRST team in NYC is the Harlem Knights from Frederick Douglass Academy on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. (team website) This team has an impressive track record, and they were selected to present the "Make It Loud Award" to President Obama at the FIRST Gala in NYC last November.

The team has already qualified for the FIRST World Championships in Detroit later this month, and they are trying to fund raise funds so the team can participate in this amazing event held in an NFL stadium with tens of thousands of students from teams throughout the United States and countries throughout the world

For more information on STEM, go to - and for the FIRST competition,

 Harlem Knights: FIRST Robotics Competition - Team 1660

The Team:
Our mission is to inspire urban minority students to become the innovators and engineers of the future through the exciting challenge of designing and building a robot capable of competing in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. With the support of faculty and volunteer mentors, the Harlem Knights Robotics Team fosters important life skills such as teamwork, communication, leadership and gracious professionalism while seeking to raise awareness and appreciation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the Harlem community.

  • Inspire innovation and creativity
  • Provide mentorship through faculty, professional engineers, and team alumni
  • Apply math and science concepts in a practical and fun way
  • Cultivate teamwork among students and mentors
  • Develop effective communication skills
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Develop and demonstrate gracious professionalism by supporting and mentoring other teams during the FIRST Robotics Competition
  • Explore opportunities available in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
  • Offer a safe community where students can use their time constructively
  • Raise awareness and support for STEM in the Harlem community