Area Youth Recognized for Teamwork and Innovation at FIRST® LEGO® League Explore Festival

[KINGS PARK, NEW YORK] [MAY 12, 2021] — Contestants ages 6 to 10 took part in the annual FIRST LEGO League Explore Festival , which was held remotely on April 10th and 11th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s theme was PLAYMAKERS, and teams explored ways to have people become more active. The teams embodied the program’s Core Values of teamwork and showed great innovation in their LEGO models and Show Me Posters that they shared with Reviewers remotely.

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.

Each team was recognized in a different category and received a medal. The awards and recipients are listed below:

Award

Winners

Challenge Solution Award

Team #103 “Bright Robotic Unicorns,” Locust Valley

Team #6183 “Team Playmakers,” Mineola

Core Values Award

Team #104 “The Convertibles,” Locust Valley

Team #2726 “Everywhere We Go, It’s Time For Fun!,” Mineola

Team #2728 “Mini Builders,” Mineola

Team #6175 “Lego Elements,” Mineola

Team #24190 “Team Miracle,” Williston Park

Coding Award

Team #2619 “Building Beavers,” Mineola

Team #23781 “The Gaming Masters,” Jericho

Team #23862 “Vik’s Game Roboter,” Short Hills, NJ

Team #24171 “Kungfu Team,” Syosset

Team #24180 “Livingston FLL Explorers,” Livingston, NJ

Team #24196 “5 Brickeneers,” South Setauket

Team Model Award

Team #2730 “Nifty Neurons,” Mineola

Team #3697 “Team Epic,” Locust Valley

Team #6174 “Building Tater-Tots,” Mineola

Team #11164 “Lego Pros,” Locust Valley

Team #23601 “Boss Baby,” Syosset

Team Poster Award

Team #18478 “Lego Angels,” Ridge

Team #23522 “Gu Spirit,” Port Washington

Team #24170 “Six Million IQ,” Syosset

 

 * Award descriptions are available upon request.

For more information, 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 $50 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; and FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades PreK-8. 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 FIRST® LEGO League

FIRST LEGO League introduces science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to children ages 4-16 (ages vary by country) 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 relevant real-world problems.

 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® Tech Challenge Long Island Championship

[KINGS PARK, NEW YORK] (May 5, 2021)- Contestants ages 12 to 18 took part in the annual FIRST® Tech Challenge Long Island Championship, which was held remotely on April 19-24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top-ranked teams in order were Team #10738 “SBS Bears” from Stony Brook, Team #4017 “RoboPandas” from Floral Park, Team #13847 “At Least It Didn’t Explode” from Greenlawn, and Team #12382 “Syosset Nebula” from Syosset. 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 innovative project.

FIRST® Tech Challenge is a widely accessible international robotics program for students ages 12-18 created to get young people excited about science and technology-and teach them valuable lessons and life skills. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team.

This year’s challenge was Ultimate Goals. The object of the game was to deliver as many wobble goals as possible to a randomly selected target zone, place in or launch rings into the tower goal, and launch rings to knock over power shot targets.

Twenty teams took part in the Championship. The competition was judged in three areas: innovation, robot design and Core Values, which embody aspects of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Top robot game scores were also honored. The award winners were as follows:

Award

Winners

Promote Award 1st Place:

Promote Award 2nd Place:

Promote Award 3rd Place:

Team #10419 “Syosset ELITE,” Syosset

Team #10169 “The Flying Bricks,” Mineola

Team #4017 “RoboPandas,” Floral Park

Design Award 1st Place:

Design Award 2nd Place:

Design Award 3rd Place:

Team #14461 “RoboHawks,” Jericho

Team #8013 “Team Kuiper,” Locust Valley

Team #13847 “At Least It Didn’t Explode,” Greenlawn

Motivate Award 1st Place:

Motivate Award 2nd Place:

Motivate Award 3rd Place:

Team #10419 “Syosset ELITE,” Syosset

Team #8110 “WiSE,” Dix Hills

Team #4137 “IslandBots,” East Setauket

Control Award 1st Place:

Control Award 2nd Place:

Control Award 3rd Place:

Team #4017 “RoboPandas,” Floral Park

Team #12382 “Syosset Nebula,” Syosset

Team #10738 “SBS Bears,” Stony Brook

Collins Aerospace Innovate Award 1st Place:

Collins Aerospace Innovate Award 2nd Place:

Collins Aerospace Innovate Award 3rd Place:

Team #13847 “At Least It Didn’t Explode,” Greenlawn

Team #8108 “Theoretically Impossible,” Dix Hills

Team #10738 “SBS Bears,” Stony Brook

Connect Award 1st Place:

Connect Award 2nd Place:

Connect Award 3rd Place:

Team #16145 “Sea Lion Techs,” Seaford

Team #7407 “Team VEGA,” Huntington

Team #4017 “RoboPandas,” Floral Park

Think Award 1st Place:

Think Award 2nd Place:

Think Award 3rd Place:   

Team #8109 “RISE Robotics,” Huntington Station

Team #13847 “At Least It Didn’t Explode,” Greenlawn

Team #10419 “Syosset ELITE,” Syosset

Top Ranked 1st Place:

Top Ranked 2nd Place:

Top Ranked 3rd Place:

Top Ranked 4th Place:

Team #10738 “SBS Bears,” Stony Brook

Team #4017 “RoboPandas,” Floral Park

Team #13847 “At Least It Didn’t Explode,” Greenlawn

Team #12382 “Syosset Nebula,” Syosset

* Inspire Award 1st Place:

* Inspire Award 2nd Place:

* Inspire Award 3rd Place:

Team #10738 “SBS Bears,” Stony Brook

Team #4017 “RoboPandas,” Floral Park

Team #10419 “Syosset ELITE,” Syosset

* The Inspire Award is the highest award that FIRST recognizes in the FIRST Tech Challenge.

The top three Compass Award winners were John Chae of Team #10419 “Syosset ELITE” from Syosset, Jack Chen of Team #4017 “RoboPandas” from Floral Park, and Andrew Woolsey of Team #10169 “The Flying Bricks” from Mineola.

The Dean’s List Finalists were also named: Alicia Amian of Team #7164 “FalconBots” from Locust Valley, Marlene McKinne of Team #8110 “WiSE” from Dix Hills, and Rohan Ghotra of Team #10169 “The Flying Bricks” from Mineola.

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

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** Award descriptions available upon request.

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 $50 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; and FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades PreK-8. 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 Challenge Long Island Championship

[KINGS PARK, NEW YORK] [APRIL 30, 2021] –Contestants ages 9 to 14 took part in the annual FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Long Island Championship, which was sponsored by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) and held remotely on April 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Team #45172 “Meteorites Cubed” from Hicksville won the Champion’s Award. 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 innovative project.

FIRST LEGO League Challenge 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® Education SPIKETM Prime or LEGO® MINDSTORMS® and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their Innovation Project.

This year’s Challenge — RePLAYSM — called for teams to identify a problem related to people not being active enough, research the problem and design a new piece of technology or improve an existing one to help them solve that problem.

Twenty-one teams took part in the Championship. The competition is judged in three areas: Innovation Project; Robot Design, and Core Values, which embody aspects of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Top robot game scores are also honored. The award winners were as follows:

Team Award

Team #

Team Name

Town

Global Innovation Award

38503

Techno Queens

Jericho

Innovation Project Winner

51252

Smarties

Hicksville

Innovation Project Finalist

22112

Portledge Royal Panthers

Locust Valley

Robot Design Winner

6435

Fire Dragons

Rocky Point

Robot Design Finalist

50946

Overpowered Spicy Robot

Syosset

Robot Performance 1st Place

16174

Meteorites

Hicksville

Robot Performance 2nd Place

45172

Meteorites Cubed

Hicksville

Core Values Winner

16174

Meteorites

Hicksville

Core Values Finalist

38503

Techno Queens

Jericho

Engineering Excellence

38653

Imagination in a Nutshell II

Jericho

Champion’s*

45172

Meteorites Cubed

Hicksville

* The Champions Award winner is invited to participate in the FIRST LEGO League Virtual Open International in Greece on June 24-27, 2021.

This year’s Volunteer of the Year Award went to Rick Ramhap. The Coach/Mentor Award went to two coaches: Bryan Eichenauer of Team #45172 “Meteorites Cubed” from Hicksville and Maria Zografos of Team #22112 “The Royal Panthers” from Locust Valley.

For more information on SBPLI, visit https://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 $50 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; and FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades PreK-8. 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 FIRST® LEGO League

FIRST LEGO League introduces science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to children ages 4-16 (ages vary by country) 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 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 Challenge Long Island Qualifiers

[KINGS PARK, NEW YORK] [APRIL 14, 2021] –Contestants ages 9 to 14 took part in the annual FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Long Island Qualifiers, which were held remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Team #16174 “Meteorites” from Hicksville won the first-place Champion’s Award at Qualifier #1. The Qualifier #3 Champion’s Award winner was 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 innovative project.

Twenty-one FIRST LEGO League teams will advance to the remote championship on April 17. Out of 21 teams, eleven from Qualifier #1 will advance. They are Team #2180 “LHS LE’GO Lions” from Middle Island; Team #2438 “Camol Clan” from Floral Park; Team #6435 “Fire Dragons” from Rocky Point; Team #16174 “Meteorites” from Hicksville; Team #23785 “Meteorites Squared” from Hicksville; Team #37506 “MicroChip Cookies” from Plainview; Team #45172 “Meteorites Cubed” from Hicksville; Team #48239 “Wild Shattered Lightning Bots” from Huntington; Team #49922 “The Barracudas” from Ridge; Team #51252 “The Smarties” from Hicksville; and Team #51732 “Dragon Racers” from Huntington.

Ten out of the 20 teams from Qualifier #3 moved on as well. They include Team #8085 “Rocky Point Radical Robotix” from Rocky Point; Team #22112 “Portledge Royal Panthers” from Locust Valley; Team #37507 “WALL-E Workers” from New Hyde Park; Team #38503 “Techno Queens” from Jericho; Team #38653 “Imagination in a Nutshell II” from Jericho; Team #41153 “Epic Robot” from Roslyn; Team #42994 “GALABOTS” from Syosset; Team #43820 “Robotic Lightning Kangaroos” from Huntington; Team #50815 “Brickaneers Duplo” from Islip; and Team #50946 “Overpowered Spicy Robot” from Syosset.

FIRST LEGO League Challenge 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® Education SPIKETM Prime or LEGO® MINDSTORMS® and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their Innovation Project.

This year’s Challenge – RePLAYSM – called for teams to identify a problem related to people not being active enough, research the problem and design a new piece of technology or improve an existing one to help them solve that problem.

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

Team Award

 

Team #

Team Name

Town

Innovation Project Winner

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

2180

22112

LJHS LE’GO Lions (Holborow)

Portledge Royal

Middle Island

Locust Valley

Innovation Project Finalist

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

47544

8085

MiniPobots

Rocky Point Radical Robotix

Plainview

Rocky Point

Robot Design Winner

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

6435

43820

Fire Dragons

Robotic Lightning Kangaroos

Rocky Point

Huntington

Robot Design Finalist

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

37506

37507

MicroChip Cookies

WALL-E Workers

Plainview

New Hyde Park

Robot Performance 1st Place

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

16174

50946

Meteorites

Overpowered Spicy Robot

Hicksville

Syosset

Robot Performance 2nd Place

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

45172

38503

Meteorites Cubed

Techno Queens

Hicksville

Jericho

Core Values Winner

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

45172

38653

Meteorites Cubed

Imagination in a Nutshell II

Hicksville

Jericho

Core Values Finalist

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

49922

50815

The Barracudas

Brickaneers Duplo

Ridge

Islip

Engineering Excellence

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

2438

50946

Camol Clan

Overpowered Spicy Robot

Floral Park

Syosset

Champion’s

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

16174

38503

Meteorites

Techno Queens

Hicksville

Jericho

 

The Coach/Mentor Award for Qualifier #1 went to Bryan Eichenauer of Team #45172 “Meteorites Cubes” from Hicksville. Maria Zografos of Team #22112 “The Royal Panthers” from Locust Valley won the award for Qualifier #3.

For more information on SBPLI, visit https://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 $50 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; and FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades PreK-8. 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 FIRST® LEGO League

FIRST LEGO League introduces science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to children ages 4-16 (ages vary by country) 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 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.

SBPLI Celebrates “Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Science and Engineering Month”

(Kings Park, NY) — School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) DBA FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Long Island is announcing that March is Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Science and Engineering Month and is urging girls to get involved in robotics. The group says this will help them become more interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) throughout their educational careers.

Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Science and Engineering Month was created by the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Network, a not-for-profit organization that encourages young women to pursue careers in STEM. According to the EYH Network, girls become most interested in these areas of study when they are in middle school.

A recent study from U.S. FIRST followed alumni in the first 72 months after completing its programs. Its results showed that STEM had a greater impact on women than their male counterparts. Further, the study found that, in the first three years in college, the percentage of female FIRST alumni taking engineering increased from 28% in Year One to 35% in Year Three. By the third year in college, the gender gap in declared engineering majors closed, with 51% of female and 51% of male FIRST alumni majoring in that field.

SBPLI has seen an increase in girls enrolling in its FIRST robotics programs. Girl Scout troops and all girls’ community groups formed teams in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) while in elementary school. Many of them continue to participate in FLL in middle school and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) in high school.

“SBPLI has encouraged girls at an early age to become involved in robotics,” said Bertram Dittmar, Executive Director, SBPLI. “Our robotics programs allow these young women to excel in STEM and generate interest in the field when they enter college. It also opens the door for them to land engineering jobs once they graduate.”

School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. Celebrates Engineers Week

KINGS PARK, NEW YORK — School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) DBA FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Long Island, has announced it is celebrating Engineers Week, which will be held on February 21-27, by continuing to offer its robotics programs for students ages 6 to 18. SBPLI said that the programs and the competitions have provided an opportunity for the organization to create a future generation of engineers on Long Island.

Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NPSE) in 1951, Engineers Week is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. This special occasion usually falls on the same week when high school robotics teams deliver and drop off their robots to the FIRST Robotics Competition Long Island Regional. However, since last year, the in-person tournament has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has switched to a set of virtual challenges.

SBPLI has hosted tournaments for the FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition. Ever since SBPLI held its first robotics competition in 1999 at Suffolk County Community College, more than 20,000 Long Island students have experienced programs rooted in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with an emphasis on “learning and implementing.”

U.S. FIRST and Brandeis University conducted a study showing that, compared to 59% of students who only took science and technology classes but were not involved in FIRST programs, 89% of FIRST alumni declared a major in STEM by the time they were in tenth grade. The study also showed that, by the time they became sophomores, 70% of FIRST alumni declared a major in engineering or computer science, whereas only 25% of non-FIRST participants did so.

“The purpose of these competitions is to not only get children interested in engineering and technology at an early age, but to have them continue that interest throughout their educational careers and obtain good-paying jobs here on Long Island upon graduating college,” said Bertram Dittmar, Executive Director, SBPLI.

It’s been said that engineers are in high demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job growth rate for engineers in New York State throughout 2028 is expected to be 4.8%, with the median annual salary being $91,090. Mr. Dittmar said the FIRST Long Island robotics programs create a pipeline of future engineers that help companies meet the demand.

“Over the years, we have FIRST alumni who have performed internships with local technology companies during high school and college,” Mr. Dittmar said. “After they graduated college, some of them had jobs waiting for them at the same places where they interned. This shows SBPLI’s commitment to keeping the best and brightest employed here on Long Island.”

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.

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.