Seventh Annual Half Hollow Hills Invitational Continues to be a Valuable Part of the FIRST Robotics Competition Season on Long Island
(Dix Hills, NY) — On October 6, teachers, principals, administrators and community members from Long Island school districts came out to Half Hollow Hills High School West in Dix Hills to watch the Seventh Annual Half Hollow Hills Invitational, which was presented by the school and School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI).
Now in its seventh year, the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Long Island Half Hollow Hills Invitational has become a staple of the local FIRST Robotics Competition season.
This year’s event featured 17 teams, which competed using the robots they built for the 2018 SBPLI Long Island Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition that was held in April of this year. The challenge was dubbed FIRST POWER UP™, a game where the players are stuck in a video game and battle to defeat the BOSS. Real life robots battled on a 27-foot-by-54-foot playing field and earned points by accomplishing set tasks. Some of the goals included traversing obstacles and climbing the tower – which resulted in extra points. The event’s conclusion marks the start of the 2019 FIRST season and the 20th anniversary of the FIRST Robotics Competition SBPLI Long Island Regional.
The winning alliance was comprised of Smithtown High School – East & West Team #810 “Mechanical Bulls;” West Islip Senior High School Team #871 “Robotechs;” Cold Spring Harbor High School Team #2875 “CyberHawks;” and Ward Melville Senior High School Team #6423 “WM Iron Patriots.” The finalists were Hauppauge High School Team #358 “Robotic Eagles;” Wheatley School Team #2872 “CyberCats;” Westhampton Beach Senior High School Team #3171 “Hurricane Robotics;” and North Shore Senior High School Team #3950 “Robo Gym.”
The Invitational is designed to showcase the benefits of robotics programs and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education to students, schools, communities and local businesses.