SBPLI Announces Award Winners at 12th Annual LI FIRST Regional Robotics Competition

School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) announced its award winners at the 12th annual LI FIRST Regional Robotics Competition at Hofstra University’s David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex (Arena) in Hempstead, New York. The event was held on March 25-26.

More than 1,200 students from 50 high schools from Long Island, the New York metropolitan area, upstate New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania participated in the competition. Teams received honors and recognition that rewarded design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship and high-impact partnerships between schools, businesses and communities.

“All teams demonstrated tremendous teamwork, professionalism and strategic thinking, but these winners went above and beyond to overcome the challenges of the competition,” said Janet Anderson, Acting President of School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, sponsors of the Long Island Regional FIRST Competition. “The fun and excitement of the competition was evident as many students, professional mentors, school groups and community members caught the spirit and came to cheer on their favorite teams as engineering and technology at work surpassed the excitement of a championship athletic event.”

With the hope of winning one of several coveted awards, high school students worked with professional mentors to design and build a robot over a six-week timeframe using a kit of parts and a standard set of rules. The students gathered to compete with their robots in this year’s game, “LOGO MOTION,” in which two alliances of three teams competed on a 27-by-54-foot playing field with poles, attempting to earn points by hanging and assembling logo pieces to form the FIRST logo. Additional points were earned for deploying Mini-Bots to climb the vertical poles.

Winners of the SBPLI, Inc. Regional awards include:



Regional Chairman's Award*

Team 329, Patchogue-Medford High School, Medford, NY

Reginal Engineering Inspiration Award

Team 884, Malverne High School, Malverne, NY

Regional Winner #1

Team 1626, St. Joseph’s High School, Metuchen, NJ

Regional Winner #2

Team 229, Massena H.S. & Salmon River H.S., Potsdam, NY

Regional Winner #3

Team 375, Staten Island Technical High School, Staten Island, NY

Regional Finalist #1

Team 271, Bay Shore High School, Bay Shore, NY

Regional Finalist #2

Team 287, William Floyd High School, Mastic Beach, NY

Regional Finalist #3

Team 564, Longwood High School, Middle Island, NY

Underwriters Laboratory Industrial Safety Award

Team 2638, Great Neck South High School, Great Neck, NY

Highest Rookie Seed Award

Team 3474, Hampton Bays High School, Hampton Bays, NY

Rookie All Star Award

Team 3624, Half Hollow Hills, Dix Hills, NY

Rookie Inspiration Award

Team 3460, Brentwood High School, Brentwood, NY

Chrysler Team Spirit Award

Team 564, Longwood High School, Middle Island, NY

Johnson & Johnson Gracious Professionalism

Team 353, Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School, Plainview, NY

Motorola Quality Award

Team 229, Massena H.S. & Salmon River H.S., Potsdam, NY

General Motors Industrial Design Award

Team 1468, Hicksville High School, Hicksville, NY

Website Award

Team 522, Mckee Vocational High School, Staten Island, NY

Judges Award

Team 810, Smithtown High School, Smithtown, NY

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award

Team 3171, Westhampton Beach High School, Westhampton Beach, NY

Delphi Engineering Excellence Award

Team 358, Hauppauge High School, Hauppauge, NY

Xerox Creativity Award

Team 1796, Queens Vocational & Technical H.S., Long Island City, NY

Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award

Team 271, Bay Shore High School, Bay Shore, NY

Imagery Award

Team 522, Mckee Vocational High School, Staten Island, NJ

Musical Performance Award

Team 810, Smithtown High School, Smithtown, NY


* The Chairman’s 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.

SBPLI also announced the winners of its first Fred Breithut Scholarship Award. The winner was Brian Jaworski of Walt Whitman High School Robotics Team #2161, Huntington Station, NY. SBPLI and Farmingdale State College provided funding for the scholarship. Brian will go to Farmingdale State College on this scholarship in pursuing careers in engineering, science or technology.

SBPLI named Chris Foley, New Product Development Engineer, Motorola Solutions, and Stephanie Stern, Principal, GenPath Women’s Health, as its Volunteers of the Year. The Fred Breithut Award went to Lindsay Bauer of Lindenhurst High School Robotics Team #533. Roy Powell, mentor for the Longwood High School Robotics Team #564, received the Regional Woodie Flowers Award. Winners of the Dean’s List Finalist Award were Steven Kelly of the Hicksville High School Robotics Team #1468 and Joshua Graber of the Great Neck South High School Robotics Team #2638.

Major sponsors for this year’s competition were SBPLI, Inc., The Office of New York State Senator Owen Johnson, Long Island Fiber Exchange, Motorola Foundation, FESTO Corporation, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, Hofstra University, Farmingdale State College, Stony Brook University and DeVry College of NY.