School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. Announces Changes to FIRST® LEGO League

KINGS PARK, NEW YORK — School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. DBA FIRST® Long Island, has announced that FIRST (for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) has transitioned to three new divisions in FIRST LEGO League: Discover (pre-K to first grade), Explore (grades 2-4) and Challenge (grades 4-8).

Discover, for children ages 4 to 6, is a playful introductory STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program that ignites their natural curiosity and builds their habits of learning with hands-on activities in the classroom and at home using LEGO® DUPLO® bricks.

In Explore, teams of students ages 6-10 focus on the fundamentals of engineering as they explore real-world problems, learn to design and code and create unique solutions made with LEGO bricks and powered by LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0.

Friendly competition is at the heart of Challenge, as teams of students ages 9-14 engage in research, problem-solving, coding and engineering — building and programming a LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime of LEGO MINDSTORMS® robot that navigates the missions of a robot game. As part of Challenge, teams also participate in a research project to identify and solve a relevant real-world problem.

FIRST LEGO League has released the challenges for the 2020-21 season: PLAYMAKERSSM for Discover, and Explore, and RePLAYSM, for the Challenge Division. This season, students are stepping into the world of sports, play and fitness — moving, collaborating, competing and celebrating. They will explore the activities we can do in different spaces for play and how we can ensure that our games and activities are fun and accessible for everyone involved.

FIRST Long Island is excited about the three divisions. “They will inspire youth to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding and design skills through hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning and robotics,” FIRST said in a statement.

For more information please visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org

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About FIRST® LEGO League:
FIRST LEGO League introduces science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to children ages 4-16* through fun, exciting hands-on learning. FIRST LEGO League participants gain real-world problem-solving experiences through a guided, global robotics program, helping today’s students and teachers build a better future together. In FIRST LEGO League, students engage in hands-on STEM experiences, building confidence, growing their knowledge and developing habits of learning. FIRST LEGO League’s three divisions inspire youth to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding and design skills through hands-on STEM learning and robotics.

FIRST LEGO League Discover – PreK- Grade 1:
For children ages 4-6, this playful introductory STEM program ignites their natural curiosity and builds their habits of learning with hands-on activities in the classroom and at home using LEGO® Duplo bricks.

FIRST LEGO League Explore – Grades 2-4:
In Explore, teams of students ages 6-10 focus on the fundamentals of engineering as they explore real-world problems, learn to design and code and create unique solutions made with LEGO bricks and powered by LEGO Education WeDo 2.0.

FIRST LEGO League Challenge – Grades 4-8:
Friendly competition is at the heart of Challenge, as teams of students ages 9-16* engage in research, problem-solving, coding and engineering – building and programming a LEGO robot that navigates the missions of a robot game. As part of Challenge, teams also participate in a research project to identify and solve a relevant real-world problem.

About FIRST®
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) DBA FIRST® Long Island 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 two events with over 80 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 the 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.

School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. Hosts Virtual FIRST® Robotics Info Night

KINGS PARK, NEW YORK — School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. DBA FIRST® Long Island, has announced that the organization will host a virtual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Info Night via Zoom on Wednesday, August 19 at 7 p.m.

Participants will learn how to start teams, network with others who would like to do the same, learn about resources available to assist them and learn about the upcoming season and how it might work. Please note that SBPLI is unable to place students on existing teams.

The meeting is only open to adults and welcomes teachers, administrators, community organization leaders or anyone else who would like to learn more about FIRST programs. In addition, potential volunteers can learn about opportunities to participate at remote or on-site events for all programs. SBPLI will also present the full progression of FIRST programs for students from ages 4 through 18: FIRST LEGO® League and its three divisions (Discover, Explore and Challenge), FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition.

Information on the Virtual meeting will be posted on SBPLI’s website prior to the event. For more information, please visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org

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About FIRST®  
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) DBA FIRST® Long Island 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 two events with over 80 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 the 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.

Area Youth Recognized for Teamwork and Innovation at FIRST® LEGO® League Long Island Championship

Middle Island, New York [March 1, 2020] — After many weeks of research and design, 200 teams competed in seven Qualifiers for an opportunity to be one of 39 teams to participate in the Championship Tournament. More than 1,000 spectators cheered on approximately 400 contestants, ages 9 to16 (ages vary by country), at the annual FIRST® LEGO® League Long Island Championship at Longwood High School. Team #684 “STOBOR,” from Syosset, won the first-place Champion’s Award. The second-place Champion’s Award went to Team #38503 “Techno Queens,” from Jericho. The top teams won by embodying the program’s Core Values of teamwork and mutual respect while achieving excellence and innovation in both a robot game and an innovative project.

Winning the local Alliance award were Team #6435 “Fire Dragons” from Rocky Point and Team #48598 “Team D’Carma” from Manhasset with a score of 420 points.

FIRST LEGO League is an international program for 9- to 16-year-old children (ages vary by country) created in a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Group in 1998 to get children excited about science and technology — and teach them valuable career and life skills. Children work alongside adult Mentors to design, build, and program autonomous robots using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their research project.

This year’s Challenge — CITY SHAPER(SM) — called for teams to research and present their own creative solutions to the real-world topic: sustainability in their towns.

The competition is judged in three areas: Project; Robot Design, and Core Values, which embody aspects of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Top robot game scores are also honored.

Listed below are the awards that were presented during the SBPLI FIRST LEGO League Long Island Championship on March 1:

For more information on SBPLI or FIRST LEGO League, please visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

Members of Team #45779 “OLOP’s Fury Fighters” of Bayport and Team #16174 “Meteorites” of Hicksville set their robots for a match during the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO® League Long Island Championship at Longwood High School on March 1. (Photo by David Meyer)
Team #684 “STOBOR” of Syosset, winners of the Champion’s Award, march into the auditorium for the awards ceremony at the FIRST® LEGO® League Long Island Championship at Longwood High School on March 1.

 

 

More Than 200 Teams Take Part in the Twelfth Annual FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Expos

(Middle Island, NY) — For two days, hundreds of students, parents and volunteers convened for learning, technology and fun at this year’s FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO® League Jr. Expos. The events were held on February 29 at Mineola High School and March 1 at Longwood High School and presented by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. dba FIRST® Long Island.

During the two Expo days, children ages six to nine from teams across Long Island presented their projects for this year’s challenge, BOOMTOWN BUILDSM, in which teams explored the growing needs and challenges of the people in their community. Using LEGO Education WeDo 2.0, they helped to imagine and create a building that solves a problem and makes life easier, happier or more connected for the people who use it. They also learned to present information through a Show-Me Poster and kept track of what they learn in their Engineering Notebook. Throughout their experience, teams operated under the signature set of FIRST Core Values.

Listed below are the awards given during the morning session on February 29:

Listed below are the awards given during the afternoon session on February 29:

Listed below are the awards given on March 1:

For more information on FIRST Long Island, please visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

Team #103 “Bright Robotic Unicorns” of Locust Valley take part in the Crane Team Challenge during the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO® League Jr. Expos at Mineola High School on February 29 and at Longwood High School on March 1. This year’s challenge was BOOMTOWN BUILD(SM).
Team #17669 “CHC Boomtown Bots” in Elmont received the Explore and Design Award at the FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Expos on February 29 at Mineola High School and on March 1 at Longwood High School.

24 Local Robotics Teams Set to Compete in FIRST® Tech Challenge Long Island Championship Tournament

Top Three Teams Advance to World Championship in Detroit

Who: Representatives/volunteers from School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) dba FIRST® Long Island
Syosset High School representatives
Students and their coaches/mentors from local FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge teams
Families of participating FIRST Long Island students

What: Twenty-four teams will head to Syosset High School to take part in the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge Long Island Championship, presented by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, dba FIRST Long Island. In this season’s challenge — dubbed SKYSTONESM Presented by Qualcomm — the object of the game is to obtain a higher score than the opposing alliance by overcoming obstacles that stand in the path to build a superstructure of the future, topping it off with a crown of achievement — a final capstone to symbolize their reach into the sky, and dreams of a hopeful future.

During the FIRST Tech Challenge events, students demonstrate their problem-solving skills, creative thinking, teamwork, competitive play, sportsmanship and sense of community. Three teams from the FIRST Long Island Championship will go on to the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship in Detroit, Michigan on April 28-May 2, 2020.

This will be the fifth year that FIRST Tech Challenge has enabled students on Long Island to explore STEM through building and problem-solving.

When: Saturday, March 7
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
[open to the public/media beginning at 11 a.m.]

Where: Syosset Senior High School
70 S Woods Road
Syosset, NY 11791

Directions: Long Island Expressway to Exit 44 (NY-135N). Merge onto NY-135N toward Syosset, continue to Exit 14E (NY-25 E). Merge onto NY-25E/Jericho Turnpike toward Woodbury. Continue for just over one-half mile, turn left onto S Woods Road. Continue for one mile, then turn left into Syosset Senior High School

Photo Ops: Representatives from School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. discussing the challenge and the importance of robotics and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in education. Teams presenting their robots for the first time. Teams working together to solve problems. Coaches guiding students throughout the Championship Tournament.

24 Local FIRST® Tech Challenge Teams Head to SBPLI Long Island Championship

Event to Take Place at Syosset High School on Saturday, March 7

The FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge season — dubbed SKYSTONESM Presented by Qualcomm — will culminate with the SBPLI Long Island Championship tournament on March 7 at Syosset High School, located at 70 S. Woods Road in Syosset. Presented locally by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) dba FIRST Long Island, FIRST Tech Challenge inspires students ages 12 to 18 to pursue an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Working alongside adult mentors, approximately 78,000 students in more than 20 countries have spent the last several months designing, building, programming and operating robots to play a floor game in an alliance format on a 12-foot-by-12-foot field. The 24 participating teams in this championship tournament earned the opportunity to compete during one of five regional qualifying tournaments that took place at William Floyd High School, Richard S. Sherman Great Neck North Middle School and Long Island School for the Gifted throughout January and February. This season, the object of the game is to obtain a higher score than the opposing alliance by overcoming obstacles that stand in the path to build a superstructure of the future, topping it off with a crown of achievement — a final capstone to symbolize their reach into the sky, and dreams of a hopeful future.

During the FIRST Tech Challenge events, students demonstrate their problem-solving skills, creative thinking, teamwork, competitive play, sportsmanship and sense of community. Three teams from the FIRST Long Island Championship will go on to the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship in Detroit, Michigan on April 28-May 2, 2020.

This will be the fifth year that FIRST Tech Challenge has enabled students on Long Island to explore STEM through building and problem-solving.

“Students from across Long Island have been hard at work over the past few months building their robots and preparing for their qualifier event,” says Robert Stephenson, Program Co-Director and SBPLI/FIRST Long Island Representative. “FIRST Tech Challenge has grown into a powerful program for students across Long Island in such a short time, and we are excited to see these students show off their STEM talent at the upcoming Championship.”

A list of participating teams are as follows:

For more information on SBPLI or FIRST Tech Challenge, please visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

MEDIA ADVISORY for Sunday, March 1, 2020: 39 Area Teams to Compete at FIRST® LEGO® League Long Island Championship

Who: School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) representatives/volunteers
Longwood High School representatives
Students and their coaches/mentors from 39 local FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO® League teams
Families of participating FIRST Long Island students
The general public and anyone who is interested in joining

What: Following a series of seven qualifiers, 39 FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO® League teams from across Nassau and Suffolk Counties are set to compete in this year’s CITY SHAPERSM challenge in the Long Island Championship at Longwood High School. During the event, presented by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) dba FIRST Long Island, students ages nine to 14 will present the LEGO MINDSTORMS® robots that they designed, built, programmed and tested.

These teams were among the more than 200 that worked hard this season to explore one of the most relevant topics facing the world today: sustainability. Students researched current solutions to the problem and will present them to a panel of judges at the event.

At the Championship, these teams will look to advance to the FIRST World Festival in Detroit on April 29-May 2.

When: Sunday, March 1
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Where: Longwood High School
100 Longwood Road
Middle Island, NY 11953

Photo Ops: Representatives from School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. discussing the challenge and the importance of robotics and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in education. Teams presenting their LEGO MINDSTORMS® robots for the first time. Teams working together to solve problems and coaches guiding students throughout the Championship Tournament.

The following 39 teams have advanced to the SBPLI Long Island FIRST LEGO League Championship, which will take place on Sunday, March 1 at Longwood High School:

39 Local FIRST® LEGO League Teams Head to Long Island Championship

Event to Take Place at Longwood High School on Sunday, March 1

Following a series of qualifiers, 39 FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO® League teams from Nassau and Suffolk Counties are set to compete at the Long Island Championship at Longwood High School on Sunday, March 1. During the event, presented by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) dba FIRST Long Island, students ages nine to 14 will present their LEGO MINDSTORMS® robots to address the challenge set forth in this year’s theme — CITY SHAPERSM.

These teams were among the more than 200 that worked hard this season to research, design, build, program and test LEGO MINDSTORMS® robots to explore one of the most relevant topics facing the world today: sustainability. Students explored current solutions to the problem they identified, and developed an innovative solution which they presented to Judges.

Students presented their solutions during one of seven qualifier tournaments that were held at William Floyd High School, Mineola High School and Huntington High School in January and early February. At the Championship, these teams will look to advance to the FIRST World Festival in Detroit on April 29-May 2.

This will be the 16th year that FIRST LEGO League has enabled students on Long Island to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through building and problem-solving.

“It’s wonderful to see so many students getting excited about the FIRST LEGO League challenge this year,” says Stephanie Stern, Program Co-Director and FIRST Long Island representative. “I was so impressed by each team’s performance during the qualifiers and enjoyed seeing how many skills they acquired by participating in the program—everything from teamwork to Gracious Professionalism® to STEM education. I can’t wait to see what the students bring to the championship. To see the teams in action, join us between 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — there is no admission fee.”

For more information on SBPLI and the FIRST Long Island continuum of programs, or to become a sponsor, please visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

The following 39 teams have advanced to the SBPLI Long Island FIRST LEGO League Championship, which will take place on Sunday, March 1 at Longwood High School:

Local Students Build Robots and Engineering Skills with FIRST® Tech Challenge SKYSTONE(SM) Presented by Qualcomm

SOUTH HUNTINGTON, NEW YORK – Area young people, ages 12 to 18 are among 69,000 students around the world who have readied their FIRST Tech Challenge robots to explore uncharted planets for the 2019-20 season game, SKYSTONESM presented by Qualcomm. To successfully complete the space-themed game, teams of young people must program robots to compete on a 12’ x 12’ field, in an alliance format, against other teams. The Android smartphone-controlled robots are powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ mobile platform and coded using Java. Through hands-on experience and working in teams, students learn the value of hard work and creative problem-solving.

WHAT: Local students on more than 40 teams go head to head, putting 8+ weeks’ worth of research, design, and programming to the test in a regional Tournament to win honors and recognition. The season will culminate with the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship in Houston, Texas, April 17-20 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, and on April 24-27 at the Cobo Center, Detroit, Michigan.

WHEN: Saturday, February 1, 2020
Sunday, February 2, 2020
7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Long Island School for the Gifted
165 Pidgeon Hill Road
South Huntington, New York

VISUALS: -Amazing, custom-built robots come to life in fast-paced, timed competitions
-Hundreds of festively dressed local students and their mentors putting designs and skills to the test
-Young people interacting with local volunteers and meeting with judges from community organizations
-On-site teamwork, troubleshooting, problem solving
-Spirit and excitement as students, families, friends cheer for their local teams

*Access to and interviews with students, teachers, coaches, mentors and local sponsors available upon request.

Local Children Apply Research and Robotics In FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge

-New Season Brings FIRST LEGO League Qualifier Tournaments

HUNTINGTON, NEW YORK – Area children ages 9 to 14 are among the over 320,000 children around the world who have risen to the 2019/2020 FIRST® LEGO® League CITY SHAPERSM Challenge. To successfully complete the Challenge, teams of young people must conduct research and build and program a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot to explore one of the most relevant topics facing the world today: sustainability. Teams in more than 100 countries will design and construct practical, sustainable and beautiful buildings and spaces, catering to the diverse needs of their users as part of the season Challenge. Through hands-on experience and working in teams, children have a chance to explore a real-world issue to gain an appreciation for and interest in science and technology, and are empowered to make their innovative solutions a reality.

WHAT: Over 2,000 local children on 200 teams go head to head, putting eight weeks of research, design, and programming to the test in a regional Qualifying Tournament to win honors, recognition and advancement to the Long Island Championship.

WHEN: Saturday, January 25, 2020
7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 26, 2020
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Huntington High School
188 Oakwood Road
Huntington, NY

VISUALS: -Amazing, custom-built LEGO® Mindstorms® robots come to life in fast-paced, timed competitions
-Hundreds of students and their coaches putting designs and skills to the test
-Children interacting with local volunteers and meeting with judges to present their research projects related to the CITY SHAPERSM Challenge
-On-site teamwork, troubleshooting, problem solving
-Learning research projects on display
-Spirit and excitement as students, families, friends cheer for their local teams

*Access to and interviews with students, teachers, coaches, mentors and local sponsors available upon request.