What's Happening at FIRST® Long Island

The schedule for the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition has been announced:


Wednesday, March 30, 2016
6:00 PM-8:00PM
5 Team Reps to Load In and Set Up Pits

Thursday, March 31, 2016
5 Team Reps to Load In

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Pits, Machine Shop, Registration and Inspection Open

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Driver’s Meeting, Field Open for...

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Weeks of research and design will culminate in the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League (FLL) Long Island Championship Tournament on Sunday, February 28. Sponsored by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI), this event will take place at Longwood High School, where 400 Long Island middle school children will demonstrate their problem-solving skills, creative thinking, teamwork,...

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[From left to right] Valerie Cartwright, Kara Hahn and Rob Trotta attended the grand opening of the Reboli Center for Art and History in Stony Brook [...] 

Rocky Point Middle School's robotics team recently competed at the FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournament and took home top prizes. Going against 34 teams, the two Rocky Point teams showcased their original [...]

The crowd erupted in a roar as a large group of supporters could not contain their excitement at the announcement that John F. Kennedy Middle School's Robotic Raccoons would advance to the finals. It was an exciting afternoon as team members also received the judges award for [...]

Rocky Point High School's Quantum Chaos Robotics team recently finished in second-place at the Fresh Meadows West Qualifier Competiton. The team was also awarded the "Judges" award trophy doe to their effort, performance and dynamics [...]

Kings Park High School students attended this year's kickoff event for the 2016 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, sponsored by School Business Parternships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI)and hosted by Stony Brook University. [...]

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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