SBPLI Announces Award Winners At 15th Annual Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition

School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) announced its award winners at the 15th annual SBPLI Long Island Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition at Hofstra University’s David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex (Arena) in Hempstead, New York. The event was held March 27-29.

More than 2,000 students from 50 high schools from Long Island, New York City, New Jersey, and Brazil participated in the competition. Teams received honors and recognition that rewarded design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship and high-impact partnerships among schools, businesses and communities.

“All teams demonstrated tremendous teamwork, gracious professionalism, and critical thinking, but these winners went above and beyond to overcome the challenges of the competition,” said Joani Madarash, Executive Director of SBPLI, sponsor of the Long Island Regional FIRST Competition for all 15 years. “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, program and build a robot over a six-week timeframe using a "kit of parts," which consists of some materials that can be used in whichever way teams would like and a standard set of rules that helps teams manage quantity, type and the price of their materials. The students gathered to compete with their robots in this year’s game, “Aerial AssistSM,” in which two Alliances of three teams each attempted to shoot as many balls as possible into goals during a two-and-a-half-minute match. Additional points were earned by robots working together to score goals, and by throwing and catching balls over a truss suspended just over five feet above the floor as they moved the ball down the field.

Winners of the Long Island Regional awards included:



Team #, Team Name


Musical Theme Award

# 527 Dragons/Plainedge

North Massapequa, NY

Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen

# 333 Megladons/John Dewey High School

Brooklyn, NY

Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award

#3950 North Shore High School

Glen Cove, NY

Xerox Creativity Award

#810 Mechanical Bulls/Smithtown

Smithtown, NY

Delphi Engineering Excellence Award

#329 Raiders/Patchogue-Medford

Medford, NY

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award

#1156 Under Control/Marista Pio XII Novo

Hamburgo, Brazil

Brazil Judge’s Awardd

# 564 Longwood Lions/Longwood

Middle Island, NY

General Motors Industrial Design Award

#533 The Psi-cotics/Lindenhurst Lindenhurst, NY

Lindenhurst, NY

Motorola Quality Award

# 271 Mechanical Marauders/Bay Shore

Bay Shore, NY


Johnson & Johnson Gracious Professionalism

#358 Eagles/Hauppauge

Hauppauge, NY

Chrysler Team Spirit Award

#2638 Rebels/Great Neck South

Great Neck, NY

Rookie Inspiration Award

#5099 Tigers/Northport

Northport, NY

Rookie All Star Award

** #5016 Devildroids/Huntington

Huntington, NY

Highest Rookie Seed Award

#016 Devildroids/Huntington

Huntington, NY

Underwriters Laboratories Industrial Safety Award

#2638 Rebels/Great Neck South

Great Neck, NY

Regional Finalist #1

# 28 Whalers/ Pierson Sag

Harbor, NY

Regional Finalist #2

#1468 J-Birds/Hicksville

Hicksville, NY

Regional Finalist #3

# 271 Mechanical Marauders/Bay Shore

Bay Shore, NY

Regional Winner #1

** # 884 Mechanical Mules/Malverne

Malverne, NY

Regional Winner #2

** #1156 Under Control/Marista Pio XII Novo

Hamburgo, Brazil

Regional Winner #3

** #329 Raiders/Patchogue-Medford

Medford, NY

Regional Engineering Inspiration Award

#28 Whalers/Pierson Sag

Harbor, NY

Regional Chairman’s Award

* ** #527 Dragons/Plainedge North

Massapequa, NY Y


* 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.
** These teams are eligible to participate in the FRC Championship that will take place April 24-27 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO.


SBPLI named Troy Douglas, a longtime volunteer at the Long Island FRC, as its Volunteer of the Year. Winners of the Dean’s List Finalist Award were Justin Green of the Half Hollow Hills High School West Robotics Team #3624 and Thomas Ciravolo of the Walt Whitman High School Robotics Team #2161.

This year’s sponsors included FESTO Corporation, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, Stony Brook University, Hofstra University, Farmingdale State College, The Estée Lauder Companies, Schneck Trebel Corporation, and School Construction Consultants, Inc. among others.

SBPLI is currently seeking local businesses for sponsorship opportunities for the 2015 Long Island Regional. For more information, please visit





A robot from Pierson High School Team #28, hurls the ball over the truss past the robots from Marista Pio XII High School Team #1156, Hicksville High School Team #1468, and Malverne High School Team #884 during a match at the School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.’s Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at Hofstra University on March 29.