SBPLI Announces Award Winners from Trio of FIRST® LEGO® League Qualifying Tournaments held at Central Islip High School

Monday, February 13, 2017

Twenty-Two Teams Advance to Long Island Championships Scheduled for March 5 at Longwood High School
 
CAPTION: Members of the FIRST® LEGO League Team #28235, the MDQ Blue Eagles, a rookie team from MDQ Academy in Brentwood, and their teammates watch as the robot they collectively built and programmed attempts to complete various tasks during one of three FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournaments presented by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. at Central Islip High School on January 21 and 22.
 
Imagination and science came together at Central Islip High School on January 21 and 22 at three of five FIRST® LEGO® League Qualifying Tournaments, presented by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI). During the events, a total of 84 teams, comprised of students age nine to 14, as well as their mentors, demonstrated their problem-solving skills, creative thinking, teamwork, competitive play, sportsmanship and sense of community. Twenty-two of the teams earned the chance to advance to the FIRST LEGO League Championship, presented by SBPLI on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Longwood High School.
 
The theme of this year’s challenge is ANIMAL ALLIESSM, which requires the students to identify and solve real-world problems regarding the way that animals and humans interact and how these interactions can be improved. At each FIRST LEGO League tournament, students present their research to a group of judges.
 
FIRST LEGO League introduces young people to the excitement of learning with its partner, The LEGO Group. Students are encouraged to explore and pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields both within the FIRST program and in their future education and careers.
 
Owing to the benefits that robotics programs, such as those offered by FIRST, bring to children of all ages, the FIRST LEGO League has continually seen rapid growth on Long Island. Each year, the program adds more teams, which resulted in the addition of a fifth tournament in 2017 – held the afternoon of Saturday, January 21.
 
After the conclusion of each event, teams were presented with a variety of awards. A full breakdown from each event can be found below: 
 
Qualifier No. 1 – Saturday, January 21 (AM Session)
 

AWARD

TEAM #

TEAM NAME

HOMETOWN

Highest Robot Score [71 Pts]

15262

Mattlin 2

Plainview

Alliance Award

23837

ROBOCLAWS

Syosset

16286

The Humanoids

Lake Grove

Mechanical Design Award

2182

Longwood Middle School Dakers

Middle Island

Programming Award

9556

Robophantoms

Bayport

Strategy & Innovation Award

16286

The Humanoids

Lake Grove

Research Award

15262

Mattlin 2

Plainview

Innovative Solution Award

2183

Longwood Jr. High Jannsen

Middle Island

Presentation Award

23094

Floydbots

Shirley

Inspiration Award

6116

Rocky Point Robo Eagles

Rocky Point

Teamwork Award

20384

LEGO Lovelies

Garden City

Gracious Professionalism Award

20624

Babylon Panthers

Babylon

Champion Award

2774

JFK Rogue Wolves

Rocky Point

 

 

 
Qualifier No. 5 – Saturday, January 21 (PM Session)
 

AWARD

TEAM #

TEAM NAME

HOMETOWN

Highest Robot Score [140 Pts]

11362

Harry Pepe

Stony Brook

Alliance Award

11363

Bat Bots

Stony Brook

27148

Goose Busters

Centerport

Mechanical Design Award

23917

Bot 2

Syosset

Programming Award

11362

Harry Pepe

Stony Brook

Strategy & Innovation Award

9406

Harborfields LEGO Minions

Centerport

Research Award

27148

Goose Busters

Centerport

Innovative Solution Award

20757

LYSA Rusty Robots

Middle Island

Presentation Award

11363

Bat Bots

Stony Brook

Inspiration Award

19656

Robo Brains

St. James

Teamwork Award

7959

RoboElks

Patchogue

Gracious Professionalism Award

28053

Team NCR 2

Miller Place

Champion Award

684

STOBOR

Syosset

 

 

  
Qualifier No. 2 – Sunday, January 22
 

AWARD

TEAM #

TEAM NAME

HOMETOWN

Highest Robot Score [125 Pts]

15488

Spicy Memes of Dawnwood

Centereach

Alliance Award

185

Radical Robots

Seaford

6536

Center Moriches Seagulls

Center Moriches

Mechanical Design Award

1087

Brainstormers

Bayport

Programming Award

16719

OMS Tornadoes

Greenlawn

Strategy & Innovation Award

15481

Metal Environment

Centerach

Research Award

15833

Commack Wildcats

Commack

Innovative Solution Award

6536

Center Moriches Seagulls

Center Moriches

Presentation Award

4454

Berner Bison Bots

Massapequa

Inspiration Award

25194

The Constructorz

Woodbury

Teamwork Award

185

Radical Robots

Bayport

Gracious Professionalism Award

16315

Dopefins

Oyster Bay

Champion Award

92

Sea Lions

Seaford

 

 

 
The following 22 teams have advanced to the Long Island FIRST LEGO League Championships, which will take place on March 5 at Longwood High School:

TEAM #

TEAM NAME

HOMETOWN

QUALIFIER NUMBER

2182

Longwood Middle School Dakers

Middle Island

#1 – Saturday, Jan 21 AM

2774

JFK Rogue Wolves

Terryville

#1 – Saturday, Jan 21 AM

7854

The Llamajacks

Port Jefferson

#1 – Saturday, Jan 21 AM

8085

Rocky Point Radical Robotix

Rocky Point

#1 – Saturday, Jan 21 AM

15262

Mattlin 2

Plainview

#1 – Saturday, Jan 21 AM

20624

Babylon Panthers

Babylon

#1 – Saturday, Jan 21 AM

23094

Floydbots

Shirley

#1 – Saturday, Jan 21 AM

23837

ROBOCLAWS

Syosset

#1 – Saturday, Jan 21 AM

684

STOBOR

Syosset

#5 – Saturday, Jan 21 PM

9406

Harborfields Library LEGO Minions

Centerport

#5 – Saturday, Jan 21 PM

11362

Harry Pepe

Stony Brook

#5 – Saturday, Jan 21 PM

11363

Bat Bots

Stony Brook

#5 – Saturday, Jan 21 PM

20757

LYSA Rusty Robots

Middle Island

#5 – Saturday, Jan 21 PM

27148

Goose Busters

Centerport

#5 – Saturday, Jan 21 PM

92

Sea Lions

Seaford

#2 – Sunday, Jan 22

1087

BRAINSTORMERS

Bayport

#2 – Sunday, Jan 22

5357

RoboTron

Jericho

#2 – Sunday, Jan 22

15481

Metal Environment

Centereach

#2 – Sunday, Jan 22

15490

Dawnwood Lego Panthers

Centereach

#2 – Sunday, Jan 22

16314

The Bunker Boys

Oyster Bay

#2 – Sunday, Jan 22

27049

Bay Shore Middle School

Bay Shore

#2 – Sunday, Jan 22

29491

ThingEMbob

East Moriches

#2 – Sunday, Jan 22

 

 

 Tournament sponsors include School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc., Central Islip Public Schools, Mineola Public Schools, Longwood Central School District, Connetquot School District, LuHi Summer Camp Programs, FIRST, Brookhaven National Lab, The Stern Family, Sideboard Computers, LEGO Education – Robert Woods, Bank of America – Andy Margolin, Plainview-Old Bethpage School District, Sir Speedy of Plainview. National sponsors include National Instruments, Rockwell Automation, 3M and LEGO.
 
For more information on SBPLI or the FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournaments, 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