“Meteorites Cubed” from Hicksville Named One of Top Five Core Values Award Winners at Virtual FIRST® LEGO® League Open International Greece

KINGS PARK, NEW YORK — School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) DBA FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Long Island, has announced that FIRST LEGO® League Team #45172 “Meteorites Cubed” was one of the top five winners in the Core Values Award category at the virtual FIRST LEGO League Open International Greece, which took place on June 24-27.

The Core Values Award is presented to a team which displays extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit, knows they can accomplish more together than they could as individuals, and shows each other — and other teams — respect at all times.

Eduact, the FIRST LEGO League Operating Partner in Greece, hosted a virtual FIRST LEGO League Open with 200 teams from all over the world to celebrate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and robotics, and combine this ancient civilization with technology and innovation. Out of the 200 teams participating, Meteorites Cubed took fifth place in the Core Values Award category.

In addition to the tournament, the Open featured quizzes, traditional dances and team twining games which enhanced the look and feel of the event, bringing the FIRST community closer.

This is the second award that the team won this year. It was also the Champion Award winner at the virtual SBPLI Long Island Championship that was held in March.

“The kids were amazing,” said Cathy Temps, Coach, FIRST LEGO League Team #45172 “Meteorites Cubed.” “They were very active in the tournament, and enjoyed taking part in the activities. I’m very proud of their achievements.”

“We are so proud of the team’s achievement and the fact that Long Island has always placed an emphasis on the Core Values of FIRST,” said Stephanie Stern, Co-Director, FIRST LEGO League.

FIRST LEGO League introduces science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to children ages 4-16 through fun, exciting hands-on learning. FIRST LEGO League participants gain real-world problem-solving experiences through a guided, global robotics program, helping today’s students and teachers build a better future together. In FIRST LEGO League, students engage in hands-on STEM experiences, building confidence, growing their knowledge and developing habits of learning. FIRST LEGO League’s three divisions inspire youth to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding and design skills through hands-on STEM learning and robotics.

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Rick Ramhap Named as a FIRST® LEGO® League Explore Volunteer of the Year

KINGS PARK, NEW YORK — School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) DBA FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Long Island, has announced that Rick Ramhap has been named one of FIRST LEGO® League Explore’s Volunteers of the Year by FIRST.

In a year where nothing was “normal” and every FIRST volunteer rose to the occasion to ensure teams were still able to participate in a meaningful way, a few volunteers were recognized by their peers as extraordinary.

Mr. Ramhap is one of four Volunteers of the Year honorees worldwide to receive this honor. He joins an exclusive group of honorees from the United States, Morocco, and Canada.

Mr. Ramhap became involved in SBPLI thirteen years ago, when he formed a FIRST LEGO League Jr. (now known as FIRST LEGO League Explore) program within the organization and started a team for his two children.

“It is an honor to be recognized by FIRST as Volunteer of the Year,” Mr. Ramhap said. “I volunteer because I enjoy seeing the impact that FIRST has on the students. I have seen the development of my children through FIRST, as well as countless others, as they progress through each program. FIRST has forever changed my family and provided me with an additional FIRST family as well.”

“We on Long Island heartily congratulate Rick on this honor,” said Eileen Kaler, Co-Director, FIRST LEGO League Explore. “His tireless efforts have helped to make all of our FIRST programs successful. We are very lucky that Rick is part of FIRST Long Island.”

In FIRST LEGO League Explore, teams of students ages 6-10 focus on the fundamentals of engineering as they explore real-world problems, learn to design and code and create unique solutions made with LEGO bricks and powered by LEGO Education WeDo 2.0.

For more information, please visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.