SBPLI Announces Award Winners of FIRST® Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournament in Lynbrook

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Members of roboPandas (Team #4017) of Sewanaka High School and CTRL ALT WIN (Team #8196) of Lynbrook High School control their robots during one of the elimination matches at the FIRST® Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournament on January 8.

Eight Teams Advance to Long Island Championships Scheduled for February 11

Lynbrook High School was home to School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI)’s official FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournament, which took place on Sunday, January 8. During this, the first of three, qualifying event, 27 Long Island FIRST Tech Challenge teams, comprised of students age 12 to 18, used their problem-solving skills, creative thinking and sportsmanship to compete in this year's challenge, VELOCITY VORTEXSM.
 
Working along with their mentors, these students built and programmed robots for VELOCITY VORTEX, during which alliances of three teams attempt to score as many points as possible by scoring particles into their own center vortex or corner vortex and claiming beacons for their alliance by triggering them to illuminate their alliance color. At the end of the game, the color of the beacon determines the alliance credited for the successful claiming of the beacon.
 
After the conclusion of the event, teams were presented with a variety of awards, as follows:
 

AWARD

TEAM #

TEAM NAME

SCHOOL

HOMETOWN

Motivate Award

3540

RoboBoogie

Hewlett High School

Hewlett

Connect Award

7120

Bionica

Hewlett High School

Hewlett

Rockwell Collins Innovate Award

5477

Innovo

Hewlett High School

Hewlett

PTC Design Award

4137

IslandBots

 

Setauket

Think Award

7407

Team VEGA

Half Hollow Hills HS West

Dix Hills

Alliance Award Winner

8196

CTRL ALT WIN

Lynbrook High School

Lynbrook

Alliance Award Winner

4017

roboPandas

Sewanhaka High School

Floral Park

Alliance Award Winner

4137

IslandBots

 

Setauket

Alliance Award Finalist

11988

Crusader Robotics

Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School

Brookville

Alliance Award Finalist

5477

Innovo

Hewlett High School

Hewlett

Alliance Award Finalist

8325

Oyster Bot

Oyster Bay High School

Oyster Bay

Inspire Award

4017

roboPandas

Sewanhaka High School

Floral Park

Inspire Award 2nd Place

11401

Girl Powered Robotics (GPR)

 

Bay Shore

Inspire Award 3rd Place

11988

Crusader Robotics

Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School

Brookville

 

 

 
The following teams have advanced to the Long Island FIRST Tech Challenge Championships, which will take place on February 11 at Smithtown West High School:
 

TEAM #

TEAM NAME

SCHOOL

HOMETOWN

4017

roboPandas

Sewanhaka High School

Floral Park

4137

IslandBots

 

Setauket

5477

Innovo

Hewlett High School

Hewlett

7120

Bionica

Hewlett High School

Hewlett

7407

Team VEGA

Half Hollow Hills High School West

Dix Hills

8196

CTRL ALT WIN

Lynbrook High School

Lynbrook

11401

Girl Powered Robotics (GPR)

 

Bay Shore

11988

Crusader Robotics

Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School

Brookville

 

 

 
Local sponsors included School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. and Lynbrook Public Schools; national sponsors included Qualcomm, Rockwell Collins and PTC.
 
For more information on SBPLI or the FTC Qualifying Tournament, please visit www.firstlongisland.org.
 
*** Pictures of winning teams and award winners are available via e-mail and upon request.
**** Descriptions of the awards and their criteria are available upon request.
 
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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 Jr. 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.