As More Teams Join FIRST® LEGO League, SBPLI Expands Qualifying Tournaments Event to be Held over Three Days at Central Islip and Mineola

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

(Kings Park, NY)— With a record 135 teams and over 2,000 students participating this year, School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) has announced that another round has been added to its FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League (FLL) Qualifying Tournaments. The three-day tournament will take place on January 24-25 at Central Islip High School, which is located at 85 Wheeler Road in Central Islip and January 31, 2015 at Mineola High School, located at 10 Armstrong Road in Garden City Park.

This year’s challenge is FLL World Class, in which children in elementary and middle school will work on ways to improve the learning experience of others on a topic of their choice using technology.

The FLL Tournament is an international, annual sports-like challenge for children ages nine to 14 to test their creative robotic skills by using science and technology with the help of adult mentors. The competition is similar to the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC), where high school students design robots to compete on an intricate playing field. Currently, there are 23,000 teams from 80 countries worldwide that participate in FLL tournaments.

“We are pleasantly surprised by the rapid growth of the FLL program,” said Janet Anderson, FLL Director, SBPLI. “This shows that more and more children are becoming interested in science and technology at a very young age.”

For more information on SBPLI or the FLL Qualifying Tournament, please visit


About School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.

School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) was founded in 1984 by Fred Breithut with the goal of developing partnerships between local high schools and businesses that would provide students with practical experience and curriculum development, while helping the business community develop its future workforce. Over 100 partnerships have been formed. In 1999, SBPLI brought the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition to Long Island, in which eight high school teams participated. Since then, the Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition has grown to 50 teams competing each year. SBPLI also hosts Long Island’s annual FIRST LEGO League Qualifying and Championship Tournaments and the Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo, in which more than 1,300 elementary and middle school students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties take part each year. For more information, visit