SBPLI Hosts the FIRST® Robotics INFO Night on July 18
Free Event for Parents, Educators and other Interested Adults to Learn About FIRST® Robotics Programs
School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) will be presenting a full and detailed description of all FIRST® (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science and Technology) programs for students ages six through eighteen, including FIRST® LEGO® League Jr., FIRST® LEGO® League, FIRST® Tech Challenge, and FIRST® Robotics Competition. INFO Night is taking place on Tuesday, July 18 at 7 PM at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library located at 999 Old Country Road, Plainview. This event is for adults only and admission is free.
Participants will learn about the STEM benefits of the program, how to start new teams, network with others, and learn about all the resources available to help them from SBPLI and FIRST®. Please note that it is not possible to place students on teams.
FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. is for student ages six to nine, FIRST® LEGO® League (nine to sixteen), FIRST® Tech Challenge (12 to 18) and FIRST® Robotics Competition (14 to 19).
For more information on SBPLI or FIRST®, please visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org or call (631)627-8400.
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 Junior 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.