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FIRST Long Island Announces Award Winners from the 2023 FIRST Robotics Competition Long Island Regional #1

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Long Island presented its 2023 Long Island Regional #1 on March 21-22 at Hofstra University’s David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex in Hempstead. Forty-five teams from Long Island, upstate New York, Chinese Taipei, India and Turkey took part in the three-day FIRST® Robotics Competition. This event culminated with awards and honors for areas such as design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship and high-impact partnerships among schools, businesses and communities.

The winner of the 2023 Long Island Regional #1 was the three-team alliance made up of “Ranger Robotics” (Team #3015) from Spencerport (NY) High School, “Hicksville J-Birds” (Team #1468) from Hicksville High School and “CyberHawks” (Team #2875) from Cold Spring Harbor High School. “Pierson Whalers” (Team #28) from Pierson Middle/High School in Sag Harbor took home the coveted FIRST Impact Award, which is the event’s most prestigious award. It recognizes the team that best embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST and that best represents a model for other teams to emulate. “Rebel Robotics” (Team #2638) from Great Neck South High School won the Regional Engineering Inspiration Award. These teams are now eligible to compete at the 2023 FIRST Championship presented by BAE Systems at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas from April 19-22.

Ellen Kressner, Team Mentor, Team #2638 “Rebel Robotics” from Great Neck South High School, was named a Finalist for the Woodie Flowers Award. Winners of the Dean’s List Finalist Award were Shaan Merchant of Team #2638 “Rebel Robotics” from Great Neck South High School and Abigail Brennan of Team #810 “The Mechanical Bulls” of Smithtown High School.

“This was one of the best Long Island Regionals we’ve experienced,” says Bertram Dittmar, Executive Director, FIRST Long Island. “All participating teams demonstrated tremendous teamwork, gracious professionalism and critical thinking. The fun and excitement of the competition was evident as many students and mentors got caught up in the spirit of the event. Participants, volunteers, and sponsors had the opportunity to experience the beauty of engineering and technology combined with the excitement of a competitive event.”

As a FIRST® Robotics Competition, the Long Island Regional featured teams of high school-aged students from across Long Island, the New York metropolitan area and even around the world competing in a cooperative tournament-style robotics competition. Guided by their mentors, students rely on their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to compete for honors and recognition that reward design excellence, competitive play and sportsmanship. This high-energy event further emphasizes the importance of high-impact partnerships between students, universities, businesses, and communities.

This year’s competition was dubbed CHARGED UPSM Presented by Haas, in which two alliances are invited to process game pieces to bring energy to their community. The alliances do this by retrieving their game pieces from substations and placing them into the grid. Human players provide the game pieces to the robots from the substations. In the last moments of each match, alliance robots race to dock or engage with their charge station.

The Full List of Winners of the 2023 SBPLI Long Island Regional #1 Awards Include:





Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen


Team Supreme

Bridgehampton School/

Innovation in Control Award



Patchogue Medford Sr. High School/Medford

Creativity Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation


Kingsmen Robotics

Kings Park High School/
Kings Park

Excellence in Engineering Award


Ranger Robotics

Spencerport High School/
Spencerport, NY

Autonomous Award sponsored by Ford



Dhirubhai Ambani International School/Mumbai, India

Quality Award



Wheatley School/Old Westbury

Gracious Professionalism Award


Regal Eagles

Bethpage High School/

Team Spirit Award


Fe Maidens

Bronx High School of Science/Bronx

Team Sustainability Award


Ossining O-Bots

Ossining High School/Ossining, NY

Rookie All Star Award ***


Syosset Braves Robotics

Syosset High School/Syosset

Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors



National Experimental High School at Central Taiwan Science Park/Taichung City, Taiwan



Syosset Braves Robotics ***

Syosset High School/

Judges’ Award



Southold Jr. Sr. High School/Southold

Regional Finalist #1



Wheatley School/Old Westbury

Regional Finalist #2



Southold Jr. Sr. High School/Southold

Regional Finalist #3



Brooklyn Technical High School/Brooklyn

Regional Winner #1**


Ranger Robotics

Spencerport High School/Spencerport, NY

Regional Winner #2**


Hicksville J-Birds

Hicksville High School/

Regional Winner #3**



Cold Spring Harbor Jr. Sr. HS/Cold Spring Harbor

Regional Engineering Inspiration Award**


Rebel Robotics

Great Neck South High School/Great Neck

Regional FIRST Impact

Award* **


Pierson Whalers

Pierson Middle High School/Sag Harbor

* The FIRST Impact Award is the most prestigious award of the event and recognizes the team that embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST and best represents a model for other teams to emulate.

** These teams are eligible to participate in the 2023 FIRST® Championship presented by BAE Systems at either the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas on April 19-22.

*** Denotes a rookie team.

Please Note: Photos of all Award Winners and Advancing Teams are available upon request.

For more information on FIRST Long Island, please visit


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 FIRST® Long Island
® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Long Island is a fully volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the goal to enable students to find their passion, while preparing them for the challenges facing the 21st-century workforce.

FIRST Long Island evolved from School-Business Partnerships of Long Island (SBPLI). In 1984, Frederick Breithut had the vision and foresight to recognize the need to develop 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. To further this mission, in 1999, SBPLI partnered with FIRST to administer and bring FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) to Long Island. The Long Island robotics program featured just eight FRC high school teams culminating in the inaugural FRC Regional event. Since then, the FRC Long Island Regional has grown to two events with over 80 teams consisting of over 2,000 students competing each year. FIRST Long Island also hosts the FIRST LEGO League programs, in which over 2,000 elementary and middle school students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties take part each year. In 2016, the FIRST Tech Challenge was added to its roster of programs, roughly impacting another 500 students on Long Island.

Now doing business as FIRST Long Island, the organization seeks to expand its impact by strengthening relationships with students, volunteers, and sponsors while helping to connect students and alumni to internship and job opportunities. FIRST Long Island continues to use robots as the vehicle to “build students“ and prepare them for the future.

For more information about the programs, find out about volunteering, or to learn how to become a sponsor, visit

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