School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded by Frederick Breithut In 1984. Our vision is to create an educated workforce for Long Island by opening the minds of middle school and high school students to career opportunities through a collaborative partnership of schools, businesses, community organizations and government.   More...

Important FIRST Long Island Announcements!


The SBPLI community was saddened to learn of the passing of Woodie Flowers. Woodie created the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) along with FIRST Founder Dean Kamen. He also co-chaired FIRST’s Executive Advisory Board and was a Distinguished Advisor to FIRST.
Woodie also coined the term Gracious Professionalism®, which is part of the ethos of FIRST. It’s a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others and respects individuals and the community.
At its FIRST Robotics Competition Long Island Regionals, SBPLI gives out its Regional Woodie Flowers Award. This is given to a team mentor who has done an outstanding job of motivation through communication while also challenging the students to be clear and succinct in their communications.
Those who wish to remember Woodie may do so by contributing to the Woodie Flowers Memorial Fund. All proceeds will help memorialize Woodie and carry on his legacy to inspire young people through the art and science of engineering and design. For more information on this fund, please contact FIRST Vice President of Development Mark Giordono at mgiordono@firstinspires.org. To make a donation, click here.

2020 FIRST Robotics Competition

Public schedules have been released for both regionals:
2020 SBPLI Regional 1 Schedule
2020 SBPLI Regional 2 Schedule

SBPLI Long Island Event Housing Blocks are Now Open!
Regional 1, March 22-25, 2020: Click Here
Regional 2, March 25-28, 2020: Click Here

Boxed Lunches Pre-Order Forms
All pre-orders must be submitted by March 16th, 2020 with credit card payment information.
2020 Regional 1 Pre-Order Form
2020 Regional 2 Pre-Order Form
Credit Card Authorization Form

SBPLI Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competitions
Thank you to all teams who participated in both of our regional competitions! Results will be posted later this week!
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The FIRST Step In U.S. Technology Competitiveness
Forbes Magazine published a fantastic article highlighting the importance of FIRST programs. Read it here.

FIRST Robotics Competition Team #7400 Open to All Long Island High School Students
The Melville Family Community team is looking for students from Long Island to join their team! They are a community based team and will accept students for anywhere on Long Island.
Learn more about the team and find more info about joining by clicking here.

Hey Alumni!
We want to hear from YOU!
Sign up for our new FIRST Long Island Alumni mailing list by clicking HERE.

Need parts to help build your robot? Our sponsor FESTO can help. Call them today at 1-800-99-FESTO, mention that you're a FIRST Robotics Competition or FIRST Tech Challenge team representative and receive a discount on parts! Visit the company's FIRST-focused page www.festo.us/first for more details!

What's Happening at SBPLI


Local students attended this year’s kickoff event for the 2020 FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, sponsored by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) also known as FIRST Long Island, and hosted by LIU Post. They gathered with more than 40 participating high schools on January 4 at the LIU Post Tilles Center for presentations and a simulcast broadcast from New Hampshire unveiling this year’s game. After the...

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SBPLI-FIRST Long Island’s Regional Kick-Off

LIU Post Tilles Center Hosted 47 Local FIRST Robotics Teams, Mentors and Advisors, and their Families, at the Annual Event

The Tilles Center at LIU Post was abuzz with anticipation on January 4 as students, educators and families from across Long Island joined together for the unveiling of the 2020 FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition challenge, “INFINITE RECHARGESM”.

INFINITE RECHARGE is part of the...

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Creativity and science will come together at this season’s FIRST® LEGO® League Long Island Qualifying Tournaments at the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, January 11, 2020 at William Floyd High School, 240 Mastic Beach Road, Mastic Beach, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Huntington High School, 188 Oakwood Road, Huntington from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 26, 2020 at Huntington High School, 188...
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