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.