By Andy Choi
School-Business Partnerships of Long Island (SBPLI) declared the winners of various awards at the 13th annual Long Island Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition.
The event was celebrated on March 30th and 31st at Hofstra University’s David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Arena in Hempstead, New York.
The participants at the competition included over 1,200 students from 50 high schools across Pennsylvania, Long Island, and Ohio. Teams were presented with recognition and honors that reflected their competitive play, sportsmanship, design excellence, and high-impact involvements among businesses, schools, and communities.
Prior to the competition, the high school students participated in a six-week project, which included designing and construction of the robots. With assistance from professional mentors and using a kit of components and a standard set of rules, the student teams progressed with a resolution to achieve one of the many prestigious awards. The student teams along with their robots, participated in 2012 Rebound Rumble, where two alliances of three teams played against each other on a 27-by-54-foot playing field containing bridges, with intent to win points based on the accumulation of more basketballs within the hoops. The team can secure more points for balancing robots on the bridges.
Some of the major winners at the Long Island Regional awards include:
- North Shore High School,Glen Head, NY, presented with Rookie All Star Award
- Plainedge High School, North Massapequa, NY as Regional Winner #1
- Queens Vocational and Technical High School, Long Island City, NY as Regional Winner #2
- Southold Junior Senior High School, Southold, NY as Regional Winner #3
Regional Chairman’s Award was conferred to Longwood High School Middle Island, NY. The students of this team are qualified to compete in the FRC Championship from April 28 to 29 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO.