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
Chuck Burg, Deer Park High School
Nineteen participating high schools: Deer Park, Sag Harbor, Sachem, Bay Shore, Patchogue-Medford, Plainview/Old Bethpage, Hauppauge, Lindenhurst, Island Trees, Smithtown, Malverne, John Adams (Queens), Hicksville, Comsewogue, Port Washington, Great Neck South, Brentwood, *North Shore, and *Central Islip.
* Denotes pre-rookie teams for 2011 season. They will borrow robots and participate in the Invitational.
What: The Eighth Annual Deer Park Invitational is designed to showcase the benefits of robotics programs on students, schools and their communities. Students not only immerse themselves in the fields of physics and engineering, but also learn about problem solving, cooperation and teamwork.
When: Saturday, November 5
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Deer Park High School, 1 Falcon Place, Deer Park, New York
Directions: Take the LIE to Exit 51 South toward Babylon/Northport (Route 231). Take Deer Park Avenue/Route 231 South for approximately 2.5 miles. Turn right on Nicolls Road (CITGO gas station on corner). After 0.3 mile, turn left on N. 5th Street, then make another quick left on Falcon Place. School is on the right.
Photo Ops: Students, team leaders and mentors competing and repairing robots. Winning teams receiving awards.
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 14 high school teams participated. Since then, the FIRST robotics program has grown to 50 teams, with over 2,000 students participating in FIRST Robotics and LEGO League programs on Long Island each year. The 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition will be held at Hofstra University on March 29-31, 2012.