2017 FIRST® Robotics Competition Season Kicks Off at Stony Brook University on January 7

Friday, December 30, 2016

The FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics season will kick off at the Jacob Javits Lecture Center at Stony Brook University on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 9 a.m. During the event, 48 FIRST Long Island teams will gather in anticipation of learning about the forthcoming season’s robotics competition.
Knowing only that this year’s theme is FIRST STEAMWORKSSM, the local FIRST teams, and the more than 2,000 teams around the world, will receive this year’s game rules via NASA satellite transmission from FIRST headquarters in New Hampshire. During the Long Island Kick Off, School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI), which presents the event, will also hold a special informational session for parents of participating students, during which they will learn about the organization, its mission and the importance of the robotics programs. Students and parents alike will also be treated to presentations from alumni, mentors and sponsors regarding the impact of the program on the local communities and businesses. Towards the close of the event, each team will then collect its kit of parts to construct a 120-pound robot over the six-week design and build period leading up to the FIRST Robotics Competition tournaments.
The SBPLI Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition is one of over 50 regional events scheduled for 2017. It will take place March 30 to April 1, 2016 at the Hofstra University David S. Mack Sports & Exhibition Complex. Some of the teams set to participate in the local regional will move on to compete at one of two 2017 FIRST Championship events, in Houston on April 19-22, 2017 or in St. Louis on April 26-29, 2017.
Leading up to the regional, SBPLI students will work with engineering mentors to apply concepts of math and science learned in the classroom to build their robots. Students will also learn important concepts such as teamwork, problem solving and healthy competition. Many SBPLI students use these skills while pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies and careers.
Over the years, FIRST students from Long Island received more than $2 million in scholarships for higher education. This year, students participating in FIRST will have access to over 600 scholarships worth more than $20 million.
“The FIRST Robotics Competition is not just about the design and build of sophisticated robots,” says Debra Winter, FIRST Robotics Competition Co-Director, SBPLI, which presents the Long Island Regional each year. “These students also develop maturity, professionalism and teamwork skills that enrich their lives. Many of our students are inspired to go on to study science, technology, engineering, or math in college. Our graduates often pursue careers with sponsoring companies, meeting the businesses’ needs for well-rounded, technically skilled employees.”
For more information on SBPLI or the FIRST Long Island Robotics, please visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.
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) 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 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.
January 7, 2017 at Stony Brook University
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