Winners Announced at 16th Annual Long Island Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition

A members of North Shore High School FIRST Team # 3950 "RoboGym" preparing their robots during “RECYCLE RUSHsm” at School-Business Partnerships of Long Island’s 16th Annual Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition on March 28 at Hofstra University’s David S. Mack Sports & Exhibition Complex in Hempstead.

School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) announced its award winners at the 16th annual SBPLI Long Island Regional FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition at Hofstra University’s David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex in Hempstead, New York. The event was held March 26-28.

1,275 students of 51 high schools from Long Island, the metropolitan New York area, upstate New York, Canada, Israel and Brazil participated in the competition. Teams received honors and recognition that rewarded design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship and high-impact partnerships among schools, businesses and communities.

“All teams demonstrated tremendous teamwork, gracious professionalism, and critical thinking, but these winners went above and beyond to overcome the challenges of the competition,” said Debra Winter, FRC Co-Regional Director, SBPLI, sponsor of the Long Island Regional FIRST Competition for the past 16 years. “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, program and build a robot over a six-week timeframe using a “kit of parts,” which consists of some materials that can be used in whichever way teams would like and a standard set of rules that helps teams manage quantity, type and the price of their materials. The students gathered to compete with their robots in this year’s game, “RECYCLE RUSHsm,” a recycling-themed competition played by two alliances of three robots each. Robots scored points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter. In keeping with the recycling theme of the game, all game pieces used were reusable or recyclable by teams in their home locations or by FIRST at the end of the season.

Winners of the Long Island Regional awards included:

2014 Awards




Musical Theme Award

Team 870 Team R.I.C.E./Southold High School
Southold, NY

Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen

Team 3171 P.R.I.D.E./Westhampton Beach High School
Westhampton Beach, NY

Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award

Team 527
Red Dragons/Plainedge Senior High School
North Massapequa, NY

Xerox Creativity Award

Team 28
Pierson Whalers/Pierson High School
Sag Harbor, NY

Delphi Engineering Excellence Award

Team 358
Robotic Eagles/Hauppauge High School
Hauppauge, NY

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award

Team 2638
Rebels/Great Neck South High School
Great Neck, NY

Judge’s Award

Team 287
Floyd/William Floyd High School
Mastic Beach, NY

General Motors Industrial Design Award

Team 5016
Huntington Robotics/Huntington High School
Huntington, NY

Motorola Quality Award

Team 271
Mechanical Marauders/Bay Shore
Bay Shore, NY

Johnson & Johnson Gracious Professionalism

Team 2601
Steel Hawks/Townsend Harris High School
Flushing, NY

Chrysler Team Spirit Award

Team 1601
QS1601/Aviation Career and Technical High School
Long Island City, NY

Rookie Inspiration Award

Kingsmen/Kings Park High School
Kings Park, NY

Rookie All Star Award **

Team 5659
Team Supreme/Bridgehampton High School
Bridgehampton, NY

Highest Rookie Seed Award

Team 5659
Team Supreme/Bridgehampton High School
Bridgehampton, NY

Underwriters Laboratories Industrial Safety Award

Team 2638
Rebels/Great Neck South
Great Neck, NY

Regional Finalist #1

Team 1690
Orbit/ort binyamina
Binyamina, Israel

Regional Finalist #2

Team 263
Sachem Aftershock/Sachem East & North High Schools
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY

Regional Finalist #3

Team 601
BayBots/Hampton Bays Secondary School
Hampton Bays, NY

Regional Winner #1**

Team 3171
P.R.I.D.E./Westhampton Beach High School
Westhampton Beach, NY

Regional Winner #2**

Team 3950
Robo Gym/North Shore High School
Glen Head, NY

Regional Winner #3**

Team 3137
T-Birds/Connetquot High School
Bohemia, NY

Regional Engineering Inspiration Award**

Team 329
Raiders/Patchogue-Medford High School
Medford, NY

Regional Chairman’s Award* **

Team 1156
Under Control/Marista Pio XII
Novo Hamburgo, Brazil


See the results of the 2014 LI FIRST Regional Robotics Competition.

* The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award of the event and recognizes the team that embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST and best represents a model for other teams to emulate.

** These teams were eligible to participate in the FRC Championship that will take place April 22-25 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO.


SBPLI named Ed Felix and Lynda Adams as its Volunteers of the Year. Winners of the Dean’s List Finalist Award were Christopher Meachum of Malverne High School FIRST Team #884 and Kevin Hatton of Center Moriches High School FIRST Team #4458. Savannah Legg of Longwood High School FIRST Team #564 received the Fred Breithut Award. Tom Boehm of Motorola Solutions, a mentor with Patchogue-Medford High School FIRST Team # 329 took home the Regional Woodie Flowers Finalist Award.

This year’s sponsors included Hofstra University, FESTO Corporation, Stony Brook University, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, PepsiCo, SCOPE Educational Services, Estée Lauder Companies, Farmingdale State University, Cablevision, North Shore-LIJ Health System, Park Shore Country Day Camp and School, PSEG Long Island, Schenck Trebel Corporation and School Construction Consultants, Inc., among others.

SBPLI is currently seeking local businesses for sponsorship opportunities for the 2016 Long Island Regional. For more information, please visit

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