SBPLI and Half Hollow Hills School District Present Second Annual Half Hollow Hills Invitational Robotics Event

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Who:               School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc., sponsor of the Long Island Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, students, faculty and parents from twenty-three participating high schools, including: Baldwin, Bay Shore, Central Islip, Center Moriches, Cold Spring Harbor, Comsewogue, Connetquot, Great Neck South, Hauppauge, Half Hollow Hills, Hicksville, Island Trees, Lindenhurst, Long Island City, Malverne, Miller Place, North Shore, Patchogue-Medford, Plainview-Old Bethpage, Port Washington, Sachem North, Sag Harbor and Seaford.  


                        Two 2014 pre-rookie teams from Huntington and Northport will also participate.


What:              Twenty-five high school FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics teams will take part in the second annual Half Hollow Hills Invitational, a postseason robotics event.


The Half Hollow Hills Invitational is designed to showcase the benefits of robotics programs on students, schools and their communities. Students not only immerse themselves in the fields of physics and engineering, but also learn about problem solving, cooperation and teamwork.


Participating teams will be using the robots they built for the 2013 Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, which was held at Hofstra University in April. Students will program their robots, some weighing as much as 120 pounds, to compete on a 27-by-54-foot playing field with pyramids, attempting to earn points by shooting as many flying discs into their goals as possible during the two-minute, 15-second match. Matches will end with robots attempting to climb up pyramids located near the middle of the field. Pre-rookie teams will borrow robots from other teams.


When:             Saturday, November 16

                        9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Where:            Half Hollow Hills High School West

375 Wolf Hill Road 

Dix Hills, New York


Directions:     From East: Take Long Island Expressway to exit 51 (Route 231, Deer Park Ave) turn right at traffic light at end of exit ramp. Proceed to second traffic light and turn left at this light onto Wolf Hill Road Travel approximately one mile and school building is on the right.

                        From West: Take Northern State Parkway to exit 41 (Wolf Hill Road), turn right at end of exit ramp and proceed approximately 1,000 feet.  School building is on the left.


Photo Ops:    SBPLI volunteers and board members. Teachers and Students from twenty-five different high schools with their robots, performing feats. Community members observing robotics competitions.






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 program to Long Island, where eight high school teams participated. Since then, the FIRST robotics program has grown to 50 teams, with over 2,000 students participating in FIRST Robotics and FIRST LEGO League programs on Long Island each year.