Local FIRST LEGO League Teams Head To Long Island Championship


Following a series of qualifiers, 39 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League teams from Nassau and Suffolk Counties are set to compete at the Long Island Championship at Longwood High School on Sunday, March 3. During the event, presented by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI), students ages nine to 14 will present their LEGO robots to address the challenge set forth in this year’s theme—First Into Orbitism.

These teams were among the more than 200 that worked hard this season to research, design, build, program and test LEGO robots that address a problem astronauts have faced during space travel. Students evaluated current solutions to the problem they identified, and designed, built and tested an innovative solution using a LEGO MINDSTORMS kit.  

Students presented their solutions during one of six qualifier tournaments that were held at Mineola High School and Huntington High School in late January and early February. At the Championship, these teams will look to advance to the FIRST World Festival in Detroit on April 24-27.

This will be the 15th year that FIRST LEGO League has enabled students on Long Island to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through building and problem-solving. In addition, 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the SBPLI Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. FIRST’s history and long-lasting impact on Long Island will be honored at all events this year.

“It’s wonderful to see so many students getting excited about the FIRST LEGO League challenge this year,” said Stephanie Stern, program codirector and FIRST Long Island representative. “I was so impressed by each team’s performance during the qualifiers and enjoyed seeing how many skills they picked up by participating in the program—everything from teamwork to Gracious Professionalism to STEM education. I can’t wait to see what the students bring to the championship. Join us between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., there is no admission fee.”

For more information on SBPLI and the FIRST Long Island continuum of programs, or to become a sponsor, visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

The following 39 teams have advanced to the SBPLI Long Island FIRST LEGO League Championship, which will take place on Sunday, March 3, at Longwood High School:

92Sea LionsSeaford
1139HBT BOTSSyosset
2438CamolbotsFloral Park
2757The Space FalconsLocust Valley
2758Robotic Fire Lazer FalconsLocust Valley
4756Diamond CubeJericho
5357Imagination in a NutshellJericho
6116Rocky Point Robo EaglesRocky Point
6435Fire DragonsRocky Point
8085Rocky Point Radical RobotixRocky Point
10425Harborfields Library Purple LEGO EatersCenterport
11362Solar Flare BearsStony Brook
11363Bear Force OneStony Brook
13071IndiansFloral Park
14823Teach Me How To LEGOBaldwin
15261Rocken RobosPlainview
15262Mattlin PridePlainview
16286The HumanoidsLake Grove
16374Robo InnovatorsEast Meadow
23785Meteorites SquaredHicksville
26166IP PineapplesIsland Park
27741Think Outside the EarthJericho
27743The RobosaurusStony Brook
28779Bethpage RoboEaglesBethpage
31704Jack Abrams STEM-AgrinautsHuntington Station
33410Taco BrothersGarden City 
36990Roslyn Space TurkeysRoslyn
37506Microchip CookiesPlainview
37507WALL-E-WorkersNew Hyde Park
37857Time TravelersIsland Park
38503Techno QueensJericho
39704STEAM MatesNew Hyde Park
39029Mindstorms MastersDix Hills
41891Techo ClanGreat Neck
41971OLOW NachoritosPort Jefferson

For more information on SBPLI or FIRST Tech Challenge, visit www.firstlongisland.org.

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