20th Anniversary of the SBPLI Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition



We are thrilled to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our FIRST Robotics Competition! The inaugural SBPLI Long Island Regional, the first ever in New York State, was held in 2000 at the Selden Campus of Suffolk County Community College under a tent! We certainly have grown over the years!

School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc (SBPLI). was established in 1984 as a non-profit organization to promote collaboration between Long Island schools and local industry to better prepare students to join the workforce. Over the years we have evolved to sponsor all four FIRST programs, and are now also doing business as FIRST Long Island.

So, in 2019, this is the 35th year of SBPLI. We also celebrate the 15th year of FIRST LEGO League, the 11th year of FIRST LEGO League Jr., and the 3rd year of FIRST Tech Challenge on Long Island. We’re proud that any student has the opportunity to participate in all of the FIRST programs

This year alone, over 4500 Long Island students will benefit from these programs, enabling them to find their passion while preparing them for the challenges facing the 21st century workforce.

This page will be updated throughout the season with photos and memorabilia to celebrate this special anniversary.

2019 Event Photos

2019 FIRST Robotics Competition Kick-Off

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Our 20th Anniversary Booth from the 20th SBPLI Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition

10th Anniversary Photo