Hofstra University Continues to Provide Invaluable Support for the SBPLI Long Island Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition

Monday, March 13, 2017

Event Presented by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. at the University’s David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex March 31 and April 1
Hofstra University has been home to School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI)’s Long Island Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition since it first opened the doors to the organization in 2005. The event, which this year takes place March 31 and April 1 at the University’s David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex, is made possible through the funding and support of donors such as Hofstra.
“Hosting the FIRST Robotics Competition has been a very rewarding experience for us,” says Dr. Sina Y. Rabbany, Dean of the DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science. “The skill, energy and ingenuity these young contestants bring to the field of robotics mesh perfectly with what we as educators recognize as the traits necessary to succeed as professionals in our fields.”
Now in its 18th season, the SBPLI Long Island Regional features teams of high school-aged students from across Long Island, the New York metropolitan area and even around the world competing in a cooperative tournament-style robotics competition. This year, 55 teams of students, including one from Brazil, will demonstrate their skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to compete for honors and recognition that reward design excellence, competitive play and sportsmanship. This high-energy event further emphasizes the importance of high-impact partnerships between students, universities, businesses and communities.
“We are so grateful for Hofstra University’s continued support of the SBPLI Long Island Regional,” says Yacov Shamash, Chairman, SBPLI Board of Directors, and Vice President for Economic Development at Stony Brook University. “This event provides an opportunity for all FIRST robotics students to turn a vision into a reality. It also opens the door to possibilities that are few and far between these days, like scholarships or job opportunities, and helps them develop skills that are necessary to enrich their professional lives, such as maturity, teamwork, problem solving and healthy competition. It’s wonderful to see one of the region’s top university’s commitment to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) awareness.”
Support for the SBPLI Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition also provides sponsors with access to a qualified, skilled and well-educated workforce that can bring them into the future. It also affords local businesses the opportunity to help mold the future of STEM education and programming, through invitations to join the fully volunteer-run organization that organizes the event. In the case of Hofstra, it provides access to the next generation of students for the University’s growing DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science.  
In addition to its support for the SBPLI Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, Hofstra University intends to provide students and their families with tours of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  This enables students, regardless of graduation date, to get a first-hand look at the setup of a college campus and the workings of an engineering program.
For more information on SBPLI or the FIRST Long Island programs, please visit www.sbpli-lifirst.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.
About Hofstra University
Hofstra University is a nationally ranked and recognized private university in Hempstead, N.Y. that is the only university to ever host three consecutive presidential debates (2008, 2012 and 2016). At Hofstra, students get the best of both worlds. Our campus is a leafy oasis just a quick train ride away from New York City and all its cultural, recreational and professional opportunities. We offer small classes and personal attention, with the resources, technology and facilities of a large university, including the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, and the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. Hofstra University is a dynamic community of more than 11,000 students from around the world who are dedicated to civic engagement, academic excellence and becoming leaders in their communities and their careers.