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.

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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.