Bethpage Hosts FIRST Training Day

Bethpage Hosts FIRST Training Day photo

The Bethpage Union Free School District joined forces with For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, a not-for-profit charity, to welcome more than 100 people in hosting a FIRST Long Island Training Day at Bethpage High School on Oct. 20.

Facilitated and organized by FIRST Long Island, the training allowed schools participating in the FIRST Lego League, FIRST Lego League, Jr., and FIRST Tech Challenge to send two coaches or mentors and one student representative to learn about the rules and missions of FIRST competitions, project development, judging process, scoring, and gracious professionalism.

Approximately 100 people from schools across Long Island participated in the training and had the opportunity to attend beginning or advanced programming sessions and receive support. Students from the Bethpage High School Robotics Team, Regal Eagles, and John F. Kennedy Middle School's newest Robotics Team, RoboEagles, helped to support the event and sold drinks, snacks and lunch to help raise funds to support both teams. 

Founded in 1989, FIRST is based in Manchester, N.H. and is designed to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. The company also helps to motivate students to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM fields. As of 2018, FIRST had a global reach of more than 530,000 students and 61,000 teams.

It was a great day for Bethpage Schools to host and support the Long Island robotics community.