Gershow Recycling Donates Nearly One Ton of Aluminum Scrap to 15 Local FIRST® Robotics Competition Teams

Friday, January 13, 2017
Tony Kryl (right) of the Westhampton Beach H.S. FIRST® Robotics Team (#3171), presents Jonathan Abrams (ctr) and CJ Linsalata (left) of Gershow Recycling with a team sponsor plaque during the Scrap Metal Day event held at Gershow on December 3.

For the past eight years, Gershow Recycling has opened its Medford facility to local FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Long Island robotics teams, including coaches, students and their parents, to enable the teams to collect aluminum scrap metal. On December 3, 2016, fifteen teams participated in Gershow’s Scrap Metal Day donation event. Following the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition kick-off, which took place on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Stony Brook University, each of the teams now has six weeks to construct a 120-pound robot and prepare for the upcoming competition, presented by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI).  
Now entering its 18th, season the Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition is held annually at Hofstra University’s David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex in late March or early April. More than 50 teams from Long Island, Brazil and the New York metropolitan area will take part in the two-day competition. During the six-week build period, students work with professional engineering mentors to design a robot that solves a problem using a “kit of parts” and a standard set of rules. They then participate in regional competitions that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration and the determination of the students.
The 15 Long Island teams represented at Gershow’s Scrap Metal Day included Bridgehampton High School (#5659), Central Islip High School (#4006), Center Moriches High School (#4458) Half Hollow Hills High School (#3624), Hauppauge High School (#358), Huntington High School (#5016), Kings Park High School (#5736), Longwood High School (#564), Miller Place High School (#514), North Shore High School (#3950), Plainview-Old Bethpage High School (#353), Townsend Harris High School (#2601) and Westhampton Beach High School (#3171). Two rookie teams, Our Lady of Mercy and Rocky Point/Shoreham, also attended the event, under the guidance of veteran team representatives.
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Started in 1964 by Sam Gershowitz, Gershow Recycling began as a two-man operation with a tractor and trailer, a boom truck and the first portable car flattener. Now with the second generation carrying on the legacy, Gershow generates over 750 jobs, contributing millions of dollars to the local economy, while helping to preserve Long Island’s environment. Gershow Recycling takes aluminum, brass, copper, steel, cast iron, appliances, cars and vehicles. In keeping with its philosophy of “Conserving the Future by Recycling the Past,” Gershow Recycling purchases scrap metal that would have otherwise wound up in local landfills, and turns them into high-quality scrap products for recycling. The company produces both ferrous and non-ferrous products.