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SBPLI Announces Award Winners at 13th Annual Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition

04-10-2012 04:08 PM CET | Leisure, Entertainment, Miscellaneous

Press release from: School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.

/ PR Agency: PRMG
(Kings Park, NY) — School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) announced its award winners at the 13th annual Long Island Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition at Hofstra University’s David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex (Arena) in Hempstead, New York. The event was held on March 30-31.

More than 1,200 students from 50 high schools from Long Island, the New York metropolitan area, Pennsylvania and Ohio participated in the competition. Teams received honors and recognition that rewarded design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship and high-impact partnerships among schools, businesses and communities.

“All teams demonstrated tremendous teamwork, gracious professionalism and strategic thinking, but these winners went above and beyond to overcome the challenges of the competition,” said Ginny Greco, FRC Director of SBPLI, sponsors of the Long Island Regional FIRST Competition. “The fun and excitement of the competition was evident as many students, professional mentors, school groups and community members caught the spirit and came to cheer on their favorite teams as engineering and technology at work surpassed the excitement of a championship athletic event.”
With the hope of winning one of several coveted awards, high school students worked with professional mentors to design and build a robot over a six-week timeframe using a kit of parts and a standard set of rules. The students gathered to compete with their robots in this year’s game, “Rebound RumbleSM,” in which two alliances of three teams competed on a 27-by-54-foot playing field with bridges, attempting to earn points by scoring as many basketballs into the hoops as possible. Additional points were earned for balancing robots on the bridges.
Winners of the Long Island Regional awards include:

AWARD

TEAM #

TEAM NAME

HOMETOWN

Musical Performance Award

2872

The Wheatley School

Old Westbury, NY

Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen

3059

Riverside Engineering & Design High School

Yonkers, NY

Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award

2875

Cold Spring Harbor High School

Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Xerox Creativity Award

1751

Comsewogue High School

Port Jefferson Station, NY

Delphi Engineering Excellence Award

3137

Connetquot Central School District

Bohemia, NY

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award

884

Malverne High School

Malverne, NY

Judge’s Award

1468

Hicksville High School

Hicksville, NY

Website Award

353

Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School

Plainview, NY

General Motors Industrial Design Award

1796

Queens Vocational and Technical High School

Long Island City, NY

Coopertition™ Award

569

W.T. Clarke High School

Westbury, NY

Motorola Quality Award

527

Plainedge High School

North Massapequa, NY

Johnson & Johnson Gracious Professionalism

358

Hauppauge High School

Hauppauge, NY

Chrysler Team Spirit Award

353

Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School

Plainview, NY

Rookie Inspiration Award

4006

Central Islip Senior High School

Central Islip, NY

Rookie All Star Award **

3950

North Shore High School

Glen Head, NY

Highest Rookie Seed Award

4006

Central Islip Senior High School

Central Islip, NY

Underwriters Laboratories Industrial Safety Award

329

Patchogue-Medford High School

Medford, NY

Regional Finalist #1

3137

Connetquot Central School District

Bohemia, NY

Regional Finalist #2

329

Patchogue-Medford High School

Medford, NY

Regional Finalist #3

353

Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School

Plainview, NY

Regional Winner #1**

527

Plainedge High School

North Massapequa, NY

Regional Winner #2**

1796

Queens Vocational and Technical High School

Long Island City, NY

Regional Winner #3**

870

Southold Junior Senior High School

Southold, NY

Regional Engineering Inspiration Award**

2638

Great Neck South High School

Great Neck, NY

Regional Chairman’s Award* **

564

Longwood High School

Middle Island, NY



* The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award of the event and recognizes the team that embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST and best represents a model for other teams to emulate.
** These teams are eligible to participate in the FRC Championship that will take place April 28-29 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO.

SBPLI named Robert V. Kukta, Associate Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Program, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stony Brook University, and Frank Saladino, a former Technology Teacher at Plainview-Old Bethpage High School, as its Volunteers of the Year. The Fred Breithut Award went to Edwin Meyer of Brentwood High School Robotics Team #3460. Robert Gandalfo, mentor for the Plainedge High School Robotics Team #527, received the Regional Woodie Flowers Award. Winners of the Dean’s List Finalist Award were Emily Stern of the Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School Robotics Team #353 and Joshua Graber of the Great Neck South High School Robotics Team #2638.
Major sponsors for this year’s competition were SBPLI, Inc., Motorola Solutions Foundation, Festo Corporation, Hofstra University, School Construction Consultants, Inc., BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, Stony Brook University, Farmingdale State College, Schenck Trebel Corporation, Mr. Scott Matovich and Family, and Estée Lauder Inc.
For more information about SBPLI, visit www.sbpli.org.

*** Pictures of winning teams and award winners are available via e-mail and upon request.

**** Descriptions of the awards and their criteria are available upon request.

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 program to Long Island, where eight high school teams participated. Since then, the FIRST robotics program has grown to 50 teams, with over 2,300 students participating in FIRST Robotics and LEGO League programs on Long Island each year. The 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition was held at Hofstra University on March 29-31, 2012.

Hank Russell, Public Relations Director
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