Who: Representatives from School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI)
Members of Nassau County Police Department's Bomb Squad
What: Members of the Nassau County Police Department's Bomb Squad will display and demonstrate its bomb-disposing robot at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, sponsored by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI). These robots are deployed when a potentially explosive device is detected, then used to examine, disrupt or remove the device.
The demonstration emphasizes not only the different applications in which robots can be used, but the importance of having robotics programs in local high schools. The students who participate in robotics competition go on to college to study engineering, science and technology. Students who witness this demonstration will further be inspired to pursue a career in those related fields.
When: Friday, March 25
Where: David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex (Arena)
North Campus, Hofstra University
Directions: Exit M4 of the Meadowbrook Parkway, Route 24 West (Hempstead Turnpike). Stay on 24W for about one mile. Pass Nassau Coliseum. Make the first right after the first overhead walkway (this is the main entrance into the campus). Make a right at the stop sign onto a street named Northern Boulevard. The second building on the right is the Hofstra Arena. Follow signs to parking.
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. In January 2011, registered teams were provided with supplies and the competition's game rules via satellite from U.S. FIRST's home office.