FIRST LEGO League teams lead to LI championship

Following a series of qualifiers, 39 FIRST LEGO League teams from Nassau and Suffolk counties are set to compete at the Long Island Championship at Longwood High School on Sunday, March 3. During the event, presented by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island Inc., students ages 9-14 will present their LEGO robots to address the challenge set forth in this year’s theme: First Into Orbit.

These teams were among the more than 200 that worked hard this season to research, design, build, program and test LEGO robots that address a problem astronauts have faced during space travel. Students evaluated current solutions to the problem they identified, and designed, built and tested an innovative solution using a LEGO Mindstorms kit.

Students presented their solutions during one of six qualifier tournaments that were held at Mineola and Huntington high schools in late January and early February. At the championship, these teams will look to advance to the FIRST World Festival in Detroit on April 24-27, 2019.

This will be the 15th year that FIRST LEGO League has enabled students on Long Island to explore STEM through building and problem solving. In addition, 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the SBPLI Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. FIRST’s history and long-lasting impact on Long Island will be honored at all events this year.

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