Event to Take Place at Longwood High School on Sunday, March 4
Following a series of six qualifiers, 40 FIRST® LEGO® League teams from across Nassau and Suffolk Counties are set to compete at the SBPLI Long Island Championship at Longwood High School on Sunday, March 4. During the event, presented by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI), students (ages nine to 14) and their mentors from the program will present their LEGO robots that best address the “Challenge” set forth in this year’s theme – FIRST HYDRO DYNAMICSSM.
Throughout the season, these teams were among the more than 190 that worked hard to research, design, build, program and test LEGO robots that address a problem within the human water cycle. Students were first tasked with identifying the problem – it could be something as simple as quenching one’s thirst or swimming in a pool, or as complicated as how water is used to produce food, energy and even technology, among other things. Once a problem was identified, the students then evaluated current solutions that add value to society, developed an innovative solution, and subsequently presented their project to the Judges. In addition, using a LEGO MINDSTORMS® kit, they designed and built a robot to solve missions on the competition tables.
FIRST LEGO League introduces young people to the excitement of learning with its partner The LEGO Group. Students are encouraged to explore and pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields both within the FIRST program and in their future education and careers.
Students presented their solutions during one of six different Qualifier tournaments that were held at Great Hollow Middle School and Mineola High School in late January and early February. Teams that competed at the Qualifiers worked to earn an opportunity to advance to the SBPLI FIRST LEGO League Championship at Longwood High School on Sunday, March 4.
The full list of 40 teams that earned the chance to compete in the Championship tournament are noted below. These teams will work to earn the chance to advance to the FIRST World Festival in Detroit on April 28.
“We had a great FIRST LEGO League season on Long Island and we are looking forward to our final event at Longwood,” says Stephanie Stern, Co-Program Director and SBPLI/FIRST Long Island representative. “Every year, we are amazed at the skills that our students acquire from this program – be it teamwork and sportsmanship or science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. As we continue to add new teams and events, we project continued growth among FIRST LEGO League students in the years to come.”
For more information on SBPLI and the FIRST Long Island complement of programs, or to become a sponsor, please visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.
The following 40 teams have advanced to the Long Island FIRST LEGO League Championships, which will take place on Sunday, March 4 at Longwood High School:
|1200||Unlimited Thinkers||New Hyde Park|
|2182||Longwood – League of Lions||Middle Island|
|2438*||Floral Park HydroBots||Floral Park|
|5357*||Imagination in a Nutshell||Jericho|
|6116||Rocky Point Robo Eagles||Rocky Point|
|7854||Hydro Hackers||Port Jefferson|
|8085||Rocky Point Radical Robotix||Rocky Point|
|8838||Garden City Aquabots||Garden City|
|10425||Haborfields Library Purple LEGO Eaters||Centerport|
|11298||Progressive School LEGO Jedi #7||Merrick|
|11362||The Water Wizards||Stony Brook|
|16282||Floral Park – Party Bots 2.0||Floral Park|
|16374||Robo Innovators||East Meadow|
|20757||LYSA Rusty Robots||Middle Island|
|22698||POBOTS OMEGA 2.0||Plainview|
|22699||POBOTS BETA 2.0||Plainview|
|26166||ROBOTICUS Maximus||Island Park|
|28235||MDQ C – Fiji||Brentwood|
|33405||Techno Clan||Great Neck|
|35848||Quake Robotics||Saint James|
*Denotes the teams which were the presented with the “Champions” Award at each team’s respective Qualifier Tournament.
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $30 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-4. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org.
About School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.
School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) is a fully volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1984 by Fred Breithut with the goal of developing partnerships between local high schools and businesses. His goal was to provide students with practical experience and curriculum development, while helping the business community develop its future workforce, which resulted in the formation of over 100 partnerships. In 1999, SBPLI brought the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to Long Island, which featured just eight FIRST Robotics Competition high school teams. Since then, the Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition has grown to over 50 teams competing each year. SBPLI also hosts Long Island’s annual FIRST LEGO League Qualifying and Championship Tournaments and the FIRST LEGO League Junior Expos, in which over 2,000 elementary and middle school students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties take part each year. In 2016, SBPLI added FIRST Tech Challenge to its roster of programs. For more information about the programs, or to learn how to become a sponsor, visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.