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FiOS1: Mineola High School hosts FIRST Long Island Lego League Tournament
The competition challenged teams to invent a robot that would help solve the problems of pollution

Lego practice during recess? That's what happened when the Patchogue-Medford High Shool robotics team recognized a need in the elementary schools for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and acted on it [...] 

Will Recce, Principal, School Construction Consultants, Inc. and Board Member, School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI), announced that the Seaford High School FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team #4567 “The Phi-Kings” was the winner of this year’s musical theme contest, sponsored by WorkLife Resources, Inc. The song will be used at SBPLI’s 2016 FIRST Long Island Regional Robotics Competition (FRC), which will...

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SBPLI FIRST Long Island students, educators and parents converged on the Jacob Javits Lecture Center at Stony Brook University for the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition Kick-Off and Game Reveal.

The Stony Brook University Jacob Javits Lecture Center was abuzz with anticipation on Saturday, January 9 as students, educators and families from across Long Island joined together for the unveiling of the 2016 FIRST® (For the Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC) “Stronghold” theme. Based on popular medieval castle-conquering and battle-strategy games, “Stronghold” involves two Alliances of three robots each on a quest to breach opponents’ defenses,...

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Chris Pinkenberg, the coach of the Rocky Point FLL team “Gear Headz,” was named 2015 Person of the Year by Times Beacon Record (TBR) Newspapers. TBR reporter Rachel Silford writes:

Chris Pinkenburg has been trying to get Rocky Point students more interested in math and science. So he created his own robotics club called GearHeadz to do so. Because of this, he has been named a 2015 Times Beacon Record Newspapers Person of the Year.

Pinkenburg, a physicist...

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The 2016 season of School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI)’s FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC) will kick off on January 9, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. Over 40 Long Island teams made up of high school students will gather in anticipation of learning about the forthcoming season’s robotics competition. The event will be held at the Jacob Javits Lecture...

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(SBPLI), in conjunction with FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), proudly recognizes former FIRST team 358 member Andrew Opacke as the 2015 winner of SBPLI’s Fred Breithut Scholarship.  Awarded annually to a recent high school graduate and SBPLI FIRST team member entering Farmingdale State College the SBPLI Fred Breithut Scholarship is provided for a maximum of four years, in the amount of $1,000 per semester.

Mr. Opacke joined...

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On March 1, one thousand students, parents, and volunteers convened for a day of learning, technology, and fun at this year’s FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League (FLL) Championship at Longwood High School.

 

After eight weeks of research and design and four qualifying tournaments, 40 teams of children demonstrated their problem-solving skills, creative thinking, teamwork, competitive play, sportsmanship, and sense of community...

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(SBPLI) announced its award winners at the 16th 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 in Hempstead, New York. The event was held March 26-28.

More than 2,000 students of 51 high schools from Long Island, the metropolitan New York area, upstate New York, Canada, Israel and Brazil participated in the competition. Teams received...

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Half Hollow Hills High School East was abuzz with excitement as FIRST® Technology Challenge (FTC) representative Sam Alexander unveiled this year’s theme, FIRST RES-Q, to a crowd of high school students and their parents and coaches. As part of the kickoff event, Alexander showed a game reveal video detailing the objectives of the upcoming 2016 Challenge.  

This annual competition, organized by the FTC robotics program, puts each team’s robot in a (sometimes...

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For two days, hundreds of students, parents, and volunteers convened for a day of learning, technology, and fun at this year’s Junior FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO® League (Jr. FLL) Expos. The event was held on February 28 at Mineola High School and March 1 at Longwood High School.

During the two Expo days, children ages 6-9 from 63 teams across Long Island presented their projects for this year’s challenge, THINK TANKSM, which...

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(SBPLI) has announced that two Long Island Junior FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO® League (Jr. FLL) teams received awards at the Jr. FLL World Festival Expo, which took place on April 22-25 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri.

Team #21 “BRAINSTORMERS” in Bayport received the Explosive Ideas Award. This award goes to a team which has explosive ideas, an eye-catching Show-Me poster and explosive team energy. The “BRAINSTORMERS...

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In order to keep up with a record number of teams this year, School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) held four FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League (FLL) Qualifying Tournaments: two at Central Islip High School on January 24-25 and two on January 31 at Mineola High School.

One hundred twenty-two teams participated in this year’s Challenge, WORLD CLASSSM. Children in elementary and middle school worked on ways to improve the...

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On March 2, School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI), in conjunction with Longwood Central School District, kicked off the 10th Annual Long Island FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League (FLL) Championship Tournament. Over 40 teams participated in the event and 17 awards were given to various teams.

This year’s challenge was NATURE’S FURYSM. Elementary and middle school-aged children researched and presented their own creative...

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On March 2, School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI), in conjunction with Longwood Central School District, kicked off the sixth Annual Long Island Jr. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League (FLL) Expo. Approximately 44 Jr. FLL teams participated in the tournament and all received recognition.

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School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) alumni and former Student Ambassador Justin Greene was recently recognized as one of Long Island’s “30 Under 30” by The Huntington Chamber of Commerce. A previous member of SBPLI’s Half Hollow Hills FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of...

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School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) is inviting prospective sponsors and parents of robotics team members, as well as community groups and school personnel, to its FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Info Night. The event will take place Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m. at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, located at 999 Old Country Road in Plainview, New York. 

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