Gershow Recycling Grants Environmental Conservation Scholarship to Herricks High School Graduating Senior Preethi Krishnamoorthy

Gershow-Herricks-HSPictured are Rob McGinnis (left), Manager, Gershow Recycling, and Preethi Krishnamoorthy (right), a member of Herricks High School’s Class of 2021. Ms. Krishnamoorthy was awarded a one-time scholarship in the amount of $1,000 from Gershow Recycling. As a leading environmental recycling company, Gershow awards the competitive scholarship to graduating seniors who have displayed exemplary efforts in the fields of environmental science or engineering while in high school and plan to continue to pursue higher education degrees in either of these areas of study.

Gershow has nine locations in Brooklyn, New Hyde Park, Valley Stream, Freeport, Lindenhurst, Huntington Station, Bay Shore, Medford and Riverhead. For more information, call (631) 289-6188 or visit www.gershow.com.

Republican Suffolk DA Candidate Ray Tierney Says Parole Reform Will Further Endanger Residents

Ray Tierney (center), Republican candidate for Suffolk County District Attorney, attended a press conference in Riverhead on June 4 that was held by the Suffolk County contingent of New York State Republicans, including (left to right) Mario Mattera, Alexis Weik, Anthony Palumbo and Phil Boyle, all of whom spoke out against the New York liberal Democrats’ bail and parole reform measures, which will let even more dangerous criminals out on the streets.

Liberal State Lawmakers are Making the Same Mistake as They Did with Bail Reform as Crime Rates Spike throughout New York State and Suffolk County

When the Democratic Party assumed control of both houses of the New York State Legislature in 2020, their first act was bail reform. By allowing those accused of all but the most violent crimes to go free without posting bail, crime has risen throughout New York State and Suffolk County.

In Suffolk County, from 2019 to 2020, homicides were up 25% and motor vehicle thefts were up 50%. Residential and commercial burglaries went up as well, from 900 in 2019 to 973 last year. These increases occurred, despite stay-at-home orders. Meanwhile, identity theft shot up 85% across the state last year.

Ray Tierney, Republican candidate for Suffolk County District Attorney, says the Democrat-controlled state Senate and Assembly are now looking to reform the state’s parole system, which will only release more criminals. Proposals include releasing longtime prisoners 55 years old and over and those already eligible for parole and lessening sentences for those who violate the conditions of their parole. “Thanks to the soft-on-crime liberal Democrats, there will be more of New York’s most dangerous, recidivist criminals back on our streets,” he said. “Crime is already spiraling out of control and our neighborhoods are becoming less safe.”

Liberal lawmakers have even introduced a bill that would wipe away past criminal records, including those convicted of felonies. “At a time of mass workplace shootings and sexual assaults, this will hamstring employers who use criminal background checks to help keep their employees safe,” Mr. Tierney said. “Democrats are appealing to the most liberal elements of their party and are blind to the impact it is having on law enforcement, prosecutors and the safety of our communities. Our current DA has been silent as his Democrat colleagues push their liberal agenda. I will stand up for victims and the safety of Suffolk residents.”

For more information, visit www.raytierneyforda.com.

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Area Youth Recognized for Teamwork and Innovation at FIRST® LEGO® League Explore Festival

[KINGS PARK, NEW YORK] [MAY 12, 2021] — Contestants ages 6 to 10 took part in the annual FIRST LEGO League Explore Festival , which was held remotely on April 10th and 11th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s theme was PLAYMAKERS, and teams explored ways to have people become more active. The teams embodied the program’s Core Values of teamwork and showed great innovation in their LEGO models and Show Me Posters that they shared with Reviewers remotely.

In 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.

Each team was recognized in a different category and received a medal. The awards and recipients are listed below:

Award

Winners

Challenge Solution Award

Team #103 “Bright Robotic Unicorns,” Locust Valley

Team #6183 “Team Playmakers,” Mineola

Core Values Award

Team #104 “The Convertibles,” Locust Valley

Team #2726 “Everywhere We Go, It’s Time For Fun!,” Mineola

Team #2728 “Mini Builders,” Mineola

Team #6175 “Lego Elements,” Mineola

Team #24190 “Team Miracle,” Williston Park

Coding Award

Team #2619 “Building Beavers,” Mineola

Team #23781 “The Gaming Masters,” Jericho

Team #23862 “Vik’s Game Roboter,” Short Hills, NJ

Team #24171 “Kungfu Team,” Syosset

Team #24180 “Livingston FLL Explorers,” Livingston, NJ

Team #24196 “5 Brickeneers,” South Setauket

Team Model Award

Team #2730 “Nifty Neurons,” Mineola

Team #3697 “Team Epic,” Locust Valley

Team #6174 “Building Tater-Tots,” Mineola

Team #11164 “Lego Pros,” Locust Valley

Team #23601 “Boss Baby,” Syosset

Team Poster Award

Team #18478 “Lego Angels,” Ridge

Team #23522 “Gu Spirit,” Port Washington

Team #24170 “Six Million IQ,” Syosset

 

 * Award descriptions are available upon request.

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

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About FIRST® 
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 $50 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; and FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades PreK-8. 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 FIRST® LEGO League

FIRST LEGO League introduces science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to children ages 4-16 (ages vary by country) 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.

 FIRST LEGO League Discover – PreK- Grade 1:

For children ages 4-6, this playful introductory STEM program ignites their natural curiosity and builds their habits of learning with hands-on activities in the classroom and at home using LEGO® Duplo bricks.

FIRST LEGO League Explore – Grades 2-4:

In 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.

 FIRST LEGO League Challenge – Grades 4-8:

Friendly competition is at the heart of Challenge, as teams of students ages 9-16* engage in research, problem-solving, coding and engineering – building and programming a LEGO robot that navigates the missions of a robot game. As part of Challenge, teams also participate in a research project to identify and solve relevant real-world problems.

 About School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.
School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) DBA FIRST® Long Island 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 two events with over 80 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.

 

Republican Suffolk DA Candidate Ray Tierney Receives Endorsement from Democrat DuWayne Gregory

Ray Tierney, Republican candidate for Suffolk County District Attorney, has announced he has received the endorsement from former Suffolk County Presiding Officer and current Babylon Town Councilman DuWayne Gregory, a Democrat. Mr. Gregory has never crossed the aisle and endorsed a Republican candidate, but was compelled in this race.

“In my 30 years of active politics on Long Island, I have NEVER endorsed a Republican,” Mr. Gregory said. “This year, that changes. I fully endorse Ray Tierney for Suffolk DA. Ray has the experience and the credentials to be a great District Attorney. For more than 26 years, he has been a prosecutor with a strong record of convictions on violent street gangs including MS-13 cases, political corruption and sexual abuse. He has walked the walk in every courthouse. He is a breath of fresh air, and he is what we need.”

“I am proud and honored to have Councilman Gregory’s endorsement and support for my campaign,” Mr. Tierney said. “Councilman Gregory, a veteran, has a long history of serving the people of our County with honor and distinction in the Legislature and in Babylon Town. I look forward to having Councilman Gregory help me on my campaign for the District Attorney’s race. I want to take politics out of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office and truly serve the people, all of the people, whether Democrat or Republican, of our great County.”

“As a former prosecutor for the Suffolk District Attorney’s office, U.S. attorney and Executive Assistant at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, I worked with prosecutors of different political persuasions,” he said. “When it comes to enforcing the law, there is no room for politics or the influence of self-serving special interests. Only the law and blind justice the residents of Suffolk County demand from this most sacred elected office.”

For more information, visit www.raytierneyforda.com.

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Area Youth Recognized for Teamwork and Innovation at FIRST® Tech Challenge Long Island Championship

[KINGS PARK, NEW YORK] (May 5, 2021)- Contestants ages 12 to 18 took part in the annual FIRST® Tech Challenge Long Island Championship, which was held remotely on April 19-24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top-ranked teams in order were Team #10738 “SBS Bears” from Stony Brook, Team #4017 “RoboPandas” from Floral Park, Team #13847 “At Least It Didn’t Explode” from Greenlawn, and Team #12382 “Syosset Nebula” from Syosset. The top teams won by embodying the program’s core values of teamwork and mutual respect while achieving excellence and innovation in both a robot game and innovative project.

FIRST® Tech Challenge is a widely accessible international robotics program for students ages 12-18 created to get young people excited about science and technology-and teach them valuable lessons and life skills. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team.

This year’s challenge was Ultimate Goals. The object of the game was to deliver as many wobble goals as possible to a randomly selected target zone, place in or launch rings into the tower goal, and launch rings to knock over power shot targets.

Twenty teams took part in the Championship. The competition was judged in three areas: innovation, robot design and Core Values, which embody aspects of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Top robot game scores were also honored. The award winners were as follows:

Award

Winners

Promote Award 1st Place:

Promote Award 2nd Place:

Promote Award 3rd Place:

Team #10419 “Syosset ELITE,” Syosset

Team #10169 “The Flying Bricks,” Mineola

Team #4017 “RoboPandas,” Floral Park

Design Award 1st Place:

Design Award 2nd Place:

Design Award 3rd Place:

Team #14461 “RoboHawks,” Jericho

Team #8013 “Team Kuiper,” Locust Valley

Team #13847 “At Least It Didn’t Explode,” Greenlawn

Motivate Award 1st Place:

Motivate Award 2nd Place:

Motivate Award 3rd Place:

Team #10419 “Syosset ELITE,” Syosset

Team #8110 “WiSE,” Dix Hills

Team #4137 “IslandBots,” East Setauket

Control Award 1st Place:

Control Award 2nd Place:

Control Award 3rd Place:

Team #4017 “RoboPandas,” Floral Park

Team #12382 “Syosset Nebula,” Syosset

Team #10738 “SBS Bears,” Stony Brook

Collins Aerospace Innovate Award 1st Place:

Collins Aerospace Innovate Award 2nd Place:

Collins Aerospace Innovate Award 3rd Place:

Team #13847 “At Least It Didn’t Explode,” Greenlawn

Team #8108 “Theoretically Impossible,” Dix Hills

Team #10738 “SBS Bears,” Stony Brook

Connect Award 1st Place:

Connect Award 2nd Place:

Connect Award 3rd Place:

Team #16145 “Sea Lion Techs,” Seaford

Team #7407 “Team VEGA,” Huntington

Team #4017 “RoboPandas,” Floral Park

Think Award 1st Place:

Think Award 2nd Place:

Think Award 3rd Place:   

Team #8109 “RISE Robotics,” Huntington Station

Team #13847 “At Least It Didn’t Explode,” Greenlawn

Team #10419 “Syosset ELITE,” Syosset

Top Ranked 1st Place:

Top Ranked 2nd Place:

Top Ranked 3rd Place:

Top Ranked 4th Place:

Team #10738 “SBS Bears,” Stony Brook

Team #4017 “RoboPandas,” Floral Park

Team #13847 “At Least It Didn’t Explode,” Greenlawn

Team #12382 “Syosset Nebula,” Syosset

* Inspire Award 1st Place:

* Inspire Award 2nd Place:

* Inspire Award 3rd Place:

Team #10738 “SBS Bears,” Stony Brook

Team #4017 “RoboPandas,” Floral Park

Team #10419 “Syosset ELITE,” Syosset

* The Inspire Award is the highest award that FIRST recognizes in the FIRST Tech Challenge.

The top three Compass Award winners were John Chae of Team #10419 “Syosset ELITE” from Syosset, Jack Chen of Team #4017 “RoboPandas” from Floral Park, and Andrew Woolsey of Team #10169 “The Flying Bricks” from Mineola.

The Dean’s List Finalists were also named: Alicia Amian of Team #7164 “FalconBots” from Locust Valley, Marlene McKinne of Team #8110 “WiSE” from Dix Hills, and Rohan Ghotra of Team #10169 “The Flying Bricks” from Mineola.

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

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** Award descriptions available upon request.

About FIRST® 
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 $50 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; and FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades PreK-8. 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) DBA FIRST® Long Island 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 two events with over 80 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.

 

Two Brothers Scrap Metal Collects 7,160 Pounds of Unused and Unwanted Electronics at Mineola Middle School’s eWaste Drive

Electronic Waste Collection Event Coincided with Earth Day Weekend

Students from Mineola Middle School pose with some of the electronic devices they collected during their fifth annual eWaste Drive on April 23 in celebration of Earth Day weekend. They are joined by (back row, left to right) Amy Trojanowski, Principal, and Vincent Interrante, Robotics Club Moderator, Mineola Middle School; Patrick Talty, Trustee, Mineola Public Schools Board of Education; Catherine Shanahan, Assistant Principal, and Steve Benner, Dean of Students, Mineola Middle School; and Mark Santiago, Manager, Two Brothers Scrap Metal. Standing in front of Ms. Shanahan: Joanna Zappalla, Guidance Counselor and Environmental Club Advisor, Mineola Middle School.

Two Brothers Scrap Metal donated the use of a container for Mineola Middle School’s eWaste Drive, which was held on April 23, in celebration of Earth Day weekend. The drive brought in 7,160 pounds of electronic waste. Residents came to the school to drop off their unwanted and unused computers, hard drives, printers, flatscreen TVs, chargers and other items.

The purpose of the drive was to help the environment by disposing of electronics that are either no longer being used or do not work anymore; recycling electronic waste keeps it from winding up in landfills.

The event began as a project initiated by the school’s Robotics Club. Since then, the Robotics Club teamed up with the school’s Environmental Club to promote the Drive to the local community. Last year’s Drive was canceled due to COVID-19 and rescheduled for this year to coincide with Earth Day weekend.

Two Brothers has participated in the eWaste Drive for the past five years. During that time, the company has hauled away 38,040 pounds — more than 17 tons — of electronic waste. The staff at Mineola Middle School thanked Two Brothers for its support.

For more information, call (631) 694-8188 or visit www.twobrothersscrapmetal.com.

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About Two Brothers Scrap Metal

Located in Farmingdale, New York, Two Brothers Scrap Metal offers some of the highest scrap metal prices in the tri-state area for aluminum, copper, brass, lead, steel and stainless steel. Two Brothers also accepts and pays out lithoplates, lithofilm, goldenrod, x-rays, radiators, wire and batteries. Other services include free roll-off service, container service, walk-in service, radio dispatched lift-gate trucks, drum and drum handling equipment, personal handling of payment and residential and commercial pick-up service. For more information, call (631) 694-8188 or visit www.twobrothersscrapmetal.com.

Area Youth Recognized for Teamwork and Innovation at FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Long Island Championship

[KINGS PARK, NEW YORK] [APRIL 30, 2021] –Contestants ages 9 to 14 took part in the annual FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Long Island Championship, which was sponsored by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) and held remotely on April 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Team #45172 “Meteorites Cubed” from Hicksville won the Champion’s Award. The top teams won by embodying the program’s Core Values of teamwork and mutual respect while achieving excellence and innovation in both a robot game and innovative project.

FIRST LEGO League Challenge is an international program for 9- to 16-year-old children (ages vary by country) created in a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Group in 1998 to get children excited about science and technology — and teach them valuable career and life skills. Children work alongside adult Mentors to design, build, and program autonomous robots using LEGO® Education SPIKETM Prime or LEGO® MINDSTORMS® and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their Innovation Project.

This year’s Challenge — RePLAYSM — called for teams to identify a problem related to people not being active enough, research the problem and design a new piece of technology or improve an existing one to help them solve that problem.

Twenty-one teams took part in the Championship. The competition is judged in three areas: Innovation Project; Robot Design, and Core Values, which embody aspects of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Top robot game scores are also honored. The award winners were as follows:

Team Award

Team #

Team Name

Town

Global Innovation Award

38503

Techno Queens

Jericho

Innovation Project Winner

51252

Smarties

Hicksville

Innovation Project Finalist

22112

Portledge Royal Panthers

Locust Valley

Robot Design Winner

6435

Fire Dragons

Rocky Point

Robot Design Finalist

50946

Overpowered Spicy Robot

Syosset

Robot Performance 1st Place

16174

Meteorites

Hicksville

Robot Performance 2nd Place

45172

Meteorites Cubed

Hicksville

Core Values Winner

16174

Meteorites

Hicksville

Core Values Finalist

38503

Techno Queens

Jericho

Engineering Excellence

38653

Imagination in a Nutshell II

Jericho

Champion’s*

45172

Meteorites Cubed

Hicksville

* The Champions Award winner is invited to participate in the FIRST LEGO League Virtual Open International in Greece on June 24-27, 2021.

This year’s Volunteer of the Year Award went to Rick Ramhap. The Coach/Mentor Award went to two coaches: Bryan Eichenauer of Team #45172 “Meteorites Cubed” from Hicksville and Maria Zografos of Team #22112 “The Royal Panthers” from Locust Valley.

For more information on SBPLI, visit https://www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

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About FIRST® 
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 $50 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; and FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades PreK-8. 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 FIRST® LEGO League

FIRST LEGO League introduces science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to children ages 4-16 (ages vary by country) 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.

 

FIRST LEGO League Discover – PreK- Grade 1:

For children ages 4-6, this playful introductory STEM program ignites their natural curiosity and builds their habits of learning with hands-on activities in the classroom and at home using LEGO® Duplo bricks.

 

FIRST LEGO League Explore – Grades 2-4:

In 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.

 

FIRST LEGO League Challenge – Grades 4-8:

Friendly competition is at the heart of Challenge, as teams of students ages 9-16* engage in research, problem-solving, coding and engineering – building and programming a LEGO robot that navigates the missions of a robot game. As part of Challenge, teams also participate in a research project to identify and solve a relevant real-world problem.

 

About School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.

School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) DBA FIRST® Long Island 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 two events with over 80 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.

 

MEDIA ADVISORY For Friday, April 23, 2021: Two Brothers Scrap Metal Supports eWaste Drive as Part of Mineola Middle School’s Earth Day Event

Students and Faculty Team up to Keep Electronic Waste out of Landfills

 

Who:               Two Brothers Scrap Metal

                        Amy Trojanowski, Principal, Mineola Middle School

                        Students and staff members at Mineola Middle School                 

What:              In support of the school’s Earth Day event, Two Brothers Scrap Metal is assisting the students and staff at Mineola Middle School in its eWaste Drive. Two Brothers has provided the use of a container free of charge so the community can bring in their unwanted computers, cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices.

                        The purpose of the eWaste Drive is to help the environment by disposing of electronics that are either no longer being used or do not work anymore. The event started in 2015 as part of a project by the school’s Robotics Club. Five years ago, the Robotics Club teamed up with the school’s Environmental Club to promote the Drive to the local community.

                        In 2019, Two Brothers collected 8,840 pounds of unwanted electronics — the largest amount collected since the company’s involvement in the event began in 2016. Last year’s event was cancelled due to COVID-19 and rescheduled for this year to coincide with Earth Day weekend.

                        Infection control protocols will be in place. Students and staff who are volunteering at this event will be wearing masks. Those who drop off their unwanted electronics must wear a mask before getting out of their cars.

When:             Friday, April 23, 2021

                        3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Where:            Mineola Middle School

                        200 Emory Road

                        Mineola, NY

Directions:     LIE to Exit 39 (Glen Cove Rd./Glen Cove/Hempstead) onto Old Westbury Road. Turn left onto Glen Cove Road. After approximately two miles, make a right onto Jericho Turnpike (Rte. 25). After 1.8 miles, turn left onto Emory Road. Go 0.2 mile; school is on the left-hand side.

Photo Ops:    Representatives from Two Brothers Scrap Metal with students and staff members from Mineola Middle School. Students depositing their unused electronics into the Dumpster provided by Two Brothers.

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About Two Brothers Scrap Metal

Located in Farmingdale, New York, Two Brothers Scrap Metal offers some of the highest scrap metal prices in the tri-state area for aluminum, copper, brass, lead, steel and stainless steel. Two Brothers also accepts and pays out lithoplates, lithofilm, goldenrod, x-rays, radiators, wire and batteries. Other services include free roll-off service, container service, walk-in service, radio dispatched lift-gate trucks, drum and drum handling equipment, personal handling of payment and residential and commercial pick-up service. For more information, call (631) 694-8188 or visit www.twobrothersscrapmetal.com.

Area Youth Recognized for Teamwork and Innovation at FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Long Island Qualifiers

[KINGS PARK, NEW YORK] [APRIL 14, 2021] –Contestants ages 9 to 14 took part in the annual FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Long Island Qualifiers, which were held remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Team #16174 “Meteorites” from Hicksville won the first-place Champion’s Award at Qualifier #1. The Qualifier #3 Champion’s Award winner was Team #38503 “Techno Queens” from Jericho. The top teams won by embodying the program’s Core Values of teamwork and mutual respect while achieving excellence and innovation in both a robot game and innovative project.

Twenty-one FIRST LEGO League teams will advance to the remote championship on April 17. Out of 21 teams, eleven from Qualifier #1 will advance. They are Team #2180 “LHS LE’GO Lions” from Middle Island; Team #2438 “Camol Clan” from Floral Park; Team #6435 “Fire Dragons” from Rocky Point; Team #16174 “Meteorites” from Hicksville; Team #23785 “Meteorites Squared” from Hicksville; Team #37506 “MicroChip Cookies” from Plainview; Team #45172 “Meteorites Cubed” from Hicksville; Team #48239 “Wild Shattered Lightning Bots” from Huntington; Team #49922 “The Barracudas” from Ridge; Team #51252 “The Smarties” from Hicksville; and Team #51732 “Dragon Racers” from Huntington.

Ten out of the 20 teams from Qualifier #3 moved on as well. They include Team #8085 “Rocky Point Radical Robotix” from Rocky Point; Team #22112 “Portledge Royal Panthers” from Locust Valley; Team #37507 “WALL-E Workers” from New Hyde Park; Team #38503 “Techno Queens” from Jericho; Team #38653 “Imagination in a Nutshell II” from Jericho; Team #41153 “Epic Robot” from Roslyn; Team #42994 “GALABOTS” from Syosset; Team #43820 “Robotic Lightning Kangaroos” from Huntington; Team #50815 “Brickaneers Duplo” from Islip; and Team #50946 “Overpowered Spicy Robot” from Syosset.

FIRST LEGO League Challenge is an international program for 9- to 16-year-old children (ages vary by country) created in a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Group in 1998 to get children excited about science and technology – and teach them valuable career and life skills. Children work alongside adult Mentors to design, build, and program autonomous robots using LEGO® Education SPIKETM Prime or LEGO® MINDSTORMS® and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their Innovation Project.

This year’s Challenge – RePLAYSM – called for teams to identify a problem related to people not being active enough, research the problem and design a new piece of technology or improve an existing one to help them solve that problem.

The competition is judged in three areas: Innovation Project; Robot Design, and Core Values, which embody aspects of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Top robot game scores are also honored. The award winners were as follows:

Team Award

 

Team #

Team Name

Town

Innovation Project Winner

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

2180

22112

LJHS LE’GO Lions (Holborow)

Portledge Royal

Middle Island

Locust Valley

Innovation Project Finalist

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

47544

8085

MiniPobots

Rocky Point Radical Robotix

Plainview

Rocky Point

Robot Design Winner

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

6435

43820

Fire Dragons

Robotic Lightning Kangaroos

Rocky Point

Huntington

Robot Design Finalist

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

37506

37507

MicroChip Cookies

WALL-E Workers

Plainview

New Hyde Park

Robot Performance 1st Place

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

16174

50946

Meteorites

Overpowered Spicy Robot

Hicksville

Syosset

Robot Performance 2nd Place

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

45172

38503

Meteorites Cubed

Techno Queens

Hicksville

Jericho

Core Values Winner

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

45172

38653

Meteorites Cubed

Imagination in a Nutshell II

Hicksville

Jericho

Core Values Finalist

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

49922

50815

The Barracudas

Brickaneers Duplo

Ridge

Islip

Engineering Excellence

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

2438

50946

Camol Clan

Overpowered Spicy Robot

Floral Park

Syosset

Champion’s

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

16174

38503

Meteorites

Techno Queens

Hicksville

Jericho

 

The Coach/Mentor Award for Qualifier #1 went to Bryan Eichenauer of Team #45172 “Meteorites Cubes” from Hicksville. Maria Zografos of Team #22112 “The Royal Panthers” from Locust Valley won the award for Qualifier #3.

For more information on SBPLI, visit https://www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

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About FIRST® 
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 $50 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; and FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades PreK-8. 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 FIRST® LEGO League

FIRST LEGO League introduces science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to children ages 4-16 (ages vary by country) 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.

 

FIRST LEGO League Discover – PreK- Grade 1:

For children ages 4-6, this playful introductory STEM program ignites their natural curiosity and builds their habits of learning with hands-on activities in the classroom and at home using LEGO® Duplo bricks.

 

FIRST LEGO League Explore – Grades 2-4:

In 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.

 

FIRST LEGO League Challenge – Grades 4-8:

Friendly competition is at the heart of Challenge, as teams of students ages 9-16* engage in research, problem-solving, coding and engineering – building and programming a LEGO robot that navigates the missions of a robot game. As part of Challenge, teams also participate in a research project to identify and solve a relevant real-world problem.

 

About School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.

School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) DBA FIRST® Long Island 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 two events with over 80 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.

Gershow Recycling Sponsors “Metal for Tesla” Event

Collects 30,000 Pounds of Scrap; Proceeds to Support Cleanup of Tesla Science Center Property

David Seiler (left), Account Executive, Gershow Recycling Corporation, joins the members of the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe at the “Metal for Tesla” event in Shoreham on March 20. Also pictured (left to right): Douglas Borge, Chief Operating Officer; Paul Rosa, Volunteer; Eugene Genova, Board Member; Dan Black, Judy Black, Jeff Brown and Karl Sidenius, Volunteers.

Gershow Recycling was a sponsor of the “Metal for Tesla” scrap metal fundraiser at the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe (TSCW) in Shoreham on March 20. During the event, Gershow collected 30,000 pounds of scrap metal, which wound up being recycled and kept out of landfills. Through the fundraiser and donations made by Gershow, $9,500 was raised to support the organization. Proceeds went to support renovations at Wardenclyffe. In addition to its sponsorship of the event, Gershow provided the use of a scrap metal container and handed out hats, magnets, sweatshirts and brochures to those in attendance.

Since 2013, Gershow has provided scrap metal containers for the TSCW as part of its efforts to help the non-profit organization renovate Wardenclyffe, which is the site of the only remaining laboratory of the famous inventor, Nikola Tesla. Plans for the property include a Tesla museum, an Education and Visitor Center with space to host community workshops and an innovation center for startup companies to help launch their businesses.

Gershow has nine locations in Brooklyn, New Hyde Park, Valley Stream, Freeport, Lindenhurst, Huntington Station, Bay Shore, Medford and Riverhead. For more information, call (631) 289-6188 or visit www.gershow.com/.

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Started in 1964 by Sam Gershowitz, Gershow Recycling began as a two man operation with a tractor and trailer, a boom truck and the first portable car flattener. Now with the second generation carrying on the legacy, Gershow generates over 750 jobs, contributing millions of dollars to the local economy, while helping to preserve Long Island’s environment. Gershow Recycling takes aluminum, brass, copper, steel, cast iron, appliances, cars and vehicles. In keeping with its philosophy of “Conserving the Future by Recycling the Past,” Gershow Recycling purchases scrap metal that would have otherwise wound up in local landfills, and turns them into high-quality scrap products for recycling. The company produces both ferrous and non-ferrous products.