MEDIA ADVISORY For February 5-6, 2011: 104 Teams Compete to Qualify for Upcoming FIRST LEGO League Tournament
1,000 students from 104 participating teams
What: Due to the overwhelming growth of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League (FLL) on Long Island, School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) announces a two-day qualifying tournament for the FLL Championship Tournament, which will take place on March 6 at Longwood High School. This year, 104 FLL teams from Long Island have registered. Each registered team will compete during one of those two days, with 52 teams competing each day. If the team is successful, they will advance to the FLL Championship Tournament.
When: Saturday, February 5
8:00 a.m. — Registration
9:00 a.m.— Competition begins
4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. — Awards Ceremony (time is approximate)
Sunday, February 6
8:00 a.m. — Registration
9:00 a.m. — Competition begins
4:00 p.m. — Awards ceremony (time is approximate)
Where: Berner Middle School
50 Carman Mill Road
Directions: For directions, click on this link or copy and paste into your Web browser: http://maps.google.com/maps?sourceid=navclient&oq=&rlz=1T4DKUS_enUS311&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=0,0,5342185257560067816&fb=1&hnear=50+carman+mill+road,+massapequa,+ny&gl=us&daddr=50+Carman+Mill+Road,+Massapequa,+NY+11758-5499&geocode=10634942109262101159,40.673390,-73.432487&ei=xfVqS9P3BJTf8QbArc37BQ&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=directions-to&resnum=1&ved=0CAoQngIwAA
Photo Opps: Students controlling the robots. Mentors conferring with the students. Winners of the competition with their robots.
About School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.
The Long Island FIRST Regional Competition is run by the School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI). 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, Long Island FIRST was formed for the purpose of developing a Long Island Regional FIRST Competition. In 2000, 14 high school teams participated. The Long Island Regional has since grown with 48 teams participating in 2010. On January 8, 2011, registered teams will be provided with supplies and the competition's game rules. The 2011 Competition will be held at Hofstra University on March 24-26, 2011.
Hank Russell, Public Relations Director
156 North Ocean Avenue
Patchogue, NY 11772
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