School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. Joins NYC FIRST® In Hosting FIRST® Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournaments

Friday, January 16, 2015

(KINGS PARK, NY)— School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI), in cooperation with NYC FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) will be hosting two FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) Qualifying Tournaments on Long Island. The first will be held on January 18, 2015 at Hewlett High School, located at 60 Everit Avenue in Hewlett, and the second tournament will be held on January 31, 2015 at Syosset High School, located at 70 South Woods Road in Syosset.

As part of the FTC program, there will be almost 45,000 students from around the globe that will learn valuable science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills as they participate in this year’s challenge –– CASCADE EFFECTSSM –– in which teams will attempt to score as many points as possible by placing balls into rolling goals and then moving those goals into scoring areas. Points can also be awarded by shooting the balls into the center goal.

The New York City and Long Island FTC Championship Tournament will take place March 1, 2015 at New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering in Brooklyn, NY. For more information on SBPLI or the FTC Qualifying Rounds, please visit www.sbpli.org.

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 more than 1,300 elementary and middle school students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties take part each year. For more information, visit www.sbpli.org.