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:
|2757||The Space Falcons||Locust Valley|
|2758||Robotic Fire Lazer Falcons||Locust Valley|
|5357||Imagination in a Nutshell||Jericho|
|6116||Rocky Point Robo Eagles||Rocky Point|
|6435||Fire Dragons||Rocky Point|
|8085||Rocky Point Radical Robotix||Rocky Point|
|10425||Harborfields Library Purple LEGO Eaters||Centerport|
|11362||Solar Flare Bears||Stony Brook|
|11363||Bear Force One||Stony Brook|
|14823||Teach Me How To LEGO||Baldwin|
|16286||The Humanoids||Lake Grove|
|16374||Robo Innovators||East Meadow|
|26166||IP Pineapples||Island Park|
|27741||Think Outside the Earth||Jericho|
|27743||The Robosaurus||Stony Brook|
|31704||Jack Abrams STEM-Agrinauts||Huntington Station|
|33410||Taco Brothers||Garden City|
|36990||Roslyn Space Turkeys||Roslyn|
|37507||WALL-E-Workers||New Hyde Park|
|37857||Time Travelers||Island Park|
|39704||STEAM Mates||New Hyde Park|
|39029||Mindstorms Masters||Dix Hills|
|41891||Techo Clan||Great Neck|
|41971||OLOW Nachoritos||Port Jefferson|
For more information on SBPLI or FIRST Tech Challenge, visit www.firstlongisland.org.