SBPLI, Inc. Presents FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournaments at Central Islip High School

FLL To Be Held Saturday and Sunday

Online PR News – 31-January-2014 – Central Islip. NY – Who: School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI)

Craig G. Carr, Superintendent, Central Islip Union Free School District

Participating FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League (FLL) teams

Central Islip High School faculty and staff

What: School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI), is presenting the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Qualifying Tournaments. The two-day event is being hosted by the Central Islip Union Free School District and Craig G. Carr, Superintendent, Central Islip UFSD.

This year’s challenge is NATURE’S FURYSM, in which elementary and middle school-aged children will research and present their own creative solutions to one of the largest international issues — natural disasters — which have affected nearly three billion people globally. Children and their coaches will utilize robots to solve a set of natural disaster missions. Some will include positioning an evacuation sign, clearing an airplane's runway of debris, and developing solutions that could be used in the future. At the end of the tournaments, teams will be presenting their research projects that coincide with the game.

The FLL Tournament is an annual, international sports-like challenge for children ages nine to 14 to test their creative robotic skills by using science and technology with the help of adult mentors. The public is welcome to attend this free event!

When: Saturday, February 1

8:30 a.m. – Morning Performance Matches Begin

Noon – Awards Ceremony
12:30 p.m. – Afternoon Performance Matches Begin

4:30 p.m. – Awards Ceremony

Sunday, February 2

10:00 a.m. – Robot Performance Matches Begin
1:30 p.m. – Awards Ceremony

Where: Central Islip High School
85 Wheeler Road

Central Islip, NY

Directions: LIE to Exit 56 toward NY-111/Islip/Smithtown. Take Route 111 south towards Islip. Bear left to stay on Wheeler Road. After 0.8 miles, the high school will be on your left-hand side.

Photo Ops: Representatives from School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. discussing the importance of robotics in STEM-based education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Teams presenting their robots and research projects for the first time. Teams working together to solve natural disaster problems. Coaches guiding students throughout the Qualifying Tournaments.

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About School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.

School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) was founded in 1984 by Fred Breithut with the goal of developing partnerships between local high schools and businesses that would provide students with practical experience and curriculum development, while helping the business community develop its future workforce. Over 100 partnerships have been formed. In 1999, SBPLI brought the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition to Long Island, in which eight high school teams participated. Since then, the Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition has grown to 50 teams competing each year. SBPLI also hosts Long Island’s annual FIRST LEGO League Qualifying and Championship Tournaments and the Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo, in which approximately 1,000 elementary and middle school students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties take part each year. For more information, visit www.sbpli.org.

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