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Elementary School Students Prepare for Three FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Expos Taking Place at Mineola and Longwood High Schools

Organization Shares Excitement Over the MISSION MOONSM Challenge

Each year, FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO® League Jr. presents a new and exciting challenge aimed at igniting children’s creativity. For 2018-2019, that theme is MISSION MOONSM, which challenges students to think about space in ways they never have before.

Over the past few months, Long Island elementary school students, ages six to 10 years old, have identified problems that may arise for humans attempting to live on the moon. Just like astronomers, they have thought of solutions to big questions such as what they would eat and drink, how they would breathe, and what they would do for fun. While researching these questions, students have also designed and created LEGO rocket ships and moon bases. Students will present their research and creations with a “Show Me” poster at a series of three Long Island expos taking place as follows:

  • Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 a.m. – Mineola High School
  • Saturday, March 2 at 12:30 p.m. – Mineola High School
  • Sunday, March 3 at 7:30 a.m. – Longwood High School

This will be the 11th year that FIRST LEGO League Jr. has enabled elementary school students on Long Island to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). In addition, 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the SBPLI Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. FIRST’s history and long-lasting impact on Long Island will be honored at all events this year.

“Students have had so much fun while working on this challenge and have also learned a lot,” says Eileen Kaler, Co-Director, FIRST LEGO League Jr. “It is so inspiring to see kids get excited about STEM at such a young age! They are thrilled to show off their creations and all they have learned about space.”

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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 $30 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; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST®LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-4. 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

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 FIRSTLEGO 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

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