School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. 2016 FIRST® Robotics Competition Kick Off Planned for January 9
The 2016 season of School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI)’s FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC) will kick off on January 9, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. Over 40 Long Island teams made up of high school students will gather in anticipation of learning about the forthcoming season’s robotics competition. The event will be held at the Jacob Javits Lecture Center at Stony Brook University.
Along with over 3,000 teams worldwide, local teams will receive this year’s game rules via NASA satellite transmission from FIRST headquarters in New Hampshire. They will then collect their “kits of parts” to begin the 42-day period of designing and building their robots. As one of numerous regional events, the SBPLI FRC Long Island Regional will take place March 31 to April 2, 2016 at Hofstra University. Some of the teams set to participate in the local event will move on to compete at the 2016 Championship event at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, April 27 to 30, 2016.
SBPLI will also hold a special informational session at the Kick Off for students’ parents, during which they will learn about the organization, its mission and the importance of the robotics programs.
“Leading up to the main event, SBPLI students will work with engineering mentors to apply concepts of math, science and engineering to build their robots,” explains David Johnson, FRC Co-Director, SBPLI. “Our students will also learn important concepts such as teamwork, problem solving and healthy competition. Many SBPLI students use these skills while pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) studies and careers.”
Over the years, FIRST students from Long Island received more than $2 million in scholarships for higher education. This year, students participating in FIRST will have access to over 600 scholarships worth over $25 million.
“The FIRST Robotics Competition is not just about the design and build of sophisticated robots,” said Debra Winter, FRC Co-Director, SBPLI. “These students also develop maturity, professionalism and teamwork skills that enrich their lives. Many of our students are inspired to go on to study science, technology, engineering, or math in college. Our graduates often pursue careers with sponsoring companies, meeting the businesses’ needs for well-rounded, technically skilled employees.”
For more information, visit www.sbpli.org.
*A photo from last year’s FIRST Regional Competition is attached. A list of participating teams scheduled to participate in this year’s Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition are listed below.
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 Expo, in which almost 2,000 elementary and middle school students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties take part each year. For more information, visit www.sbpli.org.
LIST OF DISTRICTS PARTICIPATING IN 2016 SBPLI LONG ISLAND REGIONAL FIRST® ROBOTICS COMPETITION
March 31 to April 2 at Hofstra
#28 Pierson Middle/High School (Sag Harbor)
#263 Sachem High School (North & East)
#271 Bayshore High School
#287 William Floyd High School
#329 Patchogue-Medford High School
#352 Carle Place Middle/High School
#353 Plainview-Old Bethpage High School
#358 Hauppauge High School
#496 Earl L. Vandermeulen High School
#514 Miller Place High School
#527 Plainedge Senior High School
#533 Lindenhurst Senior High School
#545 Island Trees High School
#564 Longwood High School
#569 East Meadow High School
#601 Hampton Bays High School
#810 Smithtown High School (East & West)
#870 Southold Junior-Senior High School
#871 West Islip Senior High School
#884 Malverne Senior High School
#1156 Novo Hamburgo RS Brazil
#1468 Hicksville High School
#1537 Lockheed Martin and Home School, Uniondale
#1554 Oceanside Senior High School
#1601 Aviation Career and Technical High School
#1635 Newtown High School (Elmhurst)
#1751 Comsewogue High School
#1796 Queens Vocational and Technical High School
#1803 Paul D. Schreiber High School (Port Washington)
#2027 Westbury High School
#2053 Union Endicott High School & Vestal Senior High School
#2161 Walt Whitman High School
#2347 Walter G O’Connell Copiague High School
#2487 Sayville High School & Bayport-Blue Point High School
#2601 Townsend Harris High School
#2638 Great Neck South High School
#2872 Wheatley School
#2875 Cold Spring Harbor High School
#3137 Connetquot High School
#3171 Westhampton Beach High School
#3624 Half Hollow Hills High School West & East
#3950 North Shore High School
#4006 Central Islip High School
#4122 Ossining High School
#4458 Center Moriches High School
#4567 Seaford Senior High School
#5016 Huntington High School
#5099 Northport High School
#5202 New Rochelle High School
#5659 Bridgehampton High School
#5736 Kings Park High School
#5955 Bellport Senior High School