SBPLI to Host FIRST Info Night at Plainview-Old Bethpage Library on July 21

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Presenters will Explain the Benefits of All FIRST programs, and the Processes Required to Join or Start a Team

(Kings Park, New York) — All are welcome to attend the School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Info Night on Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m. Parents, teachers, mentors, administrators and community organization leaders are encouraged to attend this informational event, taking place at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, located at 999 Old Country Road in Plainview, New York.

Representatives from SBPLI will be available to explain the full progression of FIRST Long Island programs for Long Island students, age six through 18, including the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC), FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC), FIRST® LEGO League (FLL) and FIRST® LEGO League Jr. (FLL Jr). Participants will learn how to start teams (please note: we are unable to place individuals on existing teams) and access resources available to assist them. They will also be able to network with others interested in starting new teams.

SBPLI strives to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Involvement in the FIRST robotics programs has been hailed as a unique learning experience and one which teaches students the values of hard work, diligence, problem-solving, socialization, teamwork, gracious professionalism and most importantly, fun.

For further details about the 2016 SBPLI Info Night, or for more information on SBPLI and its robotics programs, call (631) 627-8400 or 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 Expos, in which more than 2,000 elementary and middle school students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties take part each year. For more information, visit