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MEDIA ADVISORY For January 8: SBPLI Kicks off 2011 Long Island FIRST Regional Robotics Competition

Students from across Long Island Receive Kits of Parts, Learn the Rules and Strategize for This Year’s Robotics Competition

 
PRLog - Jan. 7, 2011 - PATCHOGUE, N.Y. -- Who:               School Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc., sponsor of the Long Island Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition
                       Students from more than 40 participating teams

What:              School-Business Partnerships of Long Island kicks off the 2011 First Robotics Competition (FRC) as students from across Long Island connect via a NASA satellite feed from FIRST’s headquarters in New Hampshire to learn the rules of the game for this year’s competition, receive their kit of parts and begin strategizing the design and construction of their 130-pound robots.


When:             Saturday, January 8, 2011
                       9:00 a.m. — Registration opens; refreshments served until 10:00 a.m.
                       10:00 a.m. — Presentation and FIRST broadcast
                       noon — Distribution of kits of parts

Where:            Stony Brook University, Jacob Javits Center, Room 100
                       Stony Brook, NY

Directions:     Take the LIE to Exit 62 (Nicolls Road/CR 97) north toward Stony Brook. Take Nicolls Road for nine miles. There are three entrances to the university’s west campus on your left. Parking is available in the faculty/staff parking lot, and in the parking garage.
                       
Photo Ops:    Students receiving instructions via satellite feed. Students receiving their kits of parts. Students and team leaders showing the contents of their kits of parts.

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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.

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