Local FIRST Tech Challenge Teams Head To SBPLI Long Island Championship


The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge season—dubbed FIRST Rover Ruckus (presented by Qualcomm)—will culminate with the SBPLI Long Island Championship tournament on March 9 at Syosset High School. Presented locally by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI), FIRST Tech Challenge inspires students ages 12 to 18 to pursue an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Working alongside adult mentors, more than 69,000 students in approximately 27 countries have spent the last several months designing, building, programming and operating robots to play a floor game in an alliance format on a 12-foot-by-12-foot field.

The participating teams in this championship tournament earned the opportunity to compete during one of five regional qualifying tournaments that took place at LuHi, Nassau Community College and Sewanhaka High Schools throughout January and February. This season, the object of the game is to obtain a higher score than the opposing alliance by having the team’s robot descend from the Lander, collect minerals from the crater, sort and score minerals into the cargo hold of the Lander, perform autonomous tasks and navigate to specific parts of the playing field.

During the FIRST Tech Challenge events, students demonstrate their problem-solving skills, creative thinking, teamwork, competitive play, sportsmanship and sense of community. Three teams from the FIRST Long Island Championship will go on to the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship in Detroit, Michigan, on April 24-27, 2019.

This will be the third year that FIRST Tech Challenge has enabled students on Long Island to explore STEM 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.

“Students from across Long Island have been hard at work over the past few months building their robots and preparing for their qualifier event,” said Robert Stephenson, program codirector and SBPLI/FIRST Long Island representative. “FIRST Tech Challenge has grown into a powerful program for students across Long Island in such a short time, and we are excited to see these students show off their STEM talent at the upcoming championship.”

A list of participating teams are as follows:

Team NumberTeam NameTown
4017RobopandasFloral Park
4137IslandBotsEast Setauket
6942PandemoniumWest Babylon
7035Radical RobotsBayport
7417Portledge RoboticsLocust Valley
8013KuiperLocust Valley
8108Theoretically ImpossibleDix Hills
8818Portledge PanthersLocust Valley
9421Hydrofluoric RoboticsGreenlawn
10169Mineola RoboticsMineola
10419Syosset EliteSyosset
10696Syosset SyborgsSyosset
10738Stony Brook BearsStony Brook
11517Digital DarlingsGarden City
11988LuHi RoboticsGlen Head
12428Syosset VortexSyosset

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

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