Plainview JFK students took home an honor from the 12th annual LI FIRST Regional Robotics Competition.
School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) announced its award winners of the competition that was held March 25-26 at Hofstra University’s David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex (Arena) in Hempstead.
The Plainview JFK team took home the Johnson & Johnson Gracious Professionalism award for their project.
More than 1,200 students from 50 high schools from Long Island, the New York metropolitan area, upstate New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania participated in the competition. Teams received honors and recognition that rewarded design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship and high-impact partnerships between schools, businesses and communities.
“All teams demonstrated tremendous teamwork, professionalism and strategic thinking, but these winners went above and beyond to overcome the challenges of the competition,” said Janet Anderson, acting President of School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, 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, “LOGO MOTION,” in which two alliances of three teams competed on a 27-by-54-foot playing field with poles, attempting to earn points by hanging and assembling logo pieces to form the FIRST logo. Additional points were earned for deploying Mini-Bots to climb the vertical poles.