Bellport High School’s Bellport Clippers Team 12899 participated in the FIRST Long Island TECH Challenge qualifier, a robotics competition, held at William Floyd High School on Jan. 11. Under the direction of high school technology teacher Jaime Canjura and alumnus Brian Larkin, the 11-member robotics team competed against 21 Long Island teams from Suffolk and Nassau counties.
FIRST Tech Challenge teams are challenged to design, build, program and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge each year. The team’s next competition will be held on Feb. 2 at the Long Island School for The Gifted in Huntington.
Since the 2018-19 school year, the team has doubled in size and hopes to continue growing due to the interest of incoming eighth grade students participating in the Bellport Middle School FIRST Lego League.
“The team’s philosophy is to inspire students to be and do their best,” Mr. Canjura explained. “We follow the concept of Gracious Professionalism, a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.”
The South Country Central School District extends team members Joseph Balsamo (lead software engineer and programmer), Jake D’Esposito (programmer and IT), Robert Gronenthal (secretary and robot chassis designer), Isaiah James (team president and lead designer), Chris Lannon, Thomas Miller (treasurer), Ainesis Reid (media, marketing and programming), Soteria Reid (media and marketing specialist), Antonio Suarez (mechanical hardware technician and designer trainee), Jack Stark (mechanical hardware technician and designer trainee) and Michael Vengroski (team captain and lead designer) best wishes for success.
Photo caption: Members of Bellport High School’s Bellport Clippers Team 12899 held their robot designed for the FIRST robotics competitions.
Photo courtesy of the South Country Central School District
Join thousands to ring in the New Year and Welcome 2020 at Long Island’s only New Year’s Eve ball ceremony! Patchogue’s Midnight on Main is a family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration hosted by the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce. This year’s Midnight on Main St. will kick off at 7 p.m. on December 31st in Patchogue Village, on West Avenue and West Main Street, in front of the Blue Point Brewery. The event will include a DJ playing music throughout the night to keep the crowd dancing in the street and noise makers and party hats will be given to attendees. We will welcome 2020 at 9 p.m. with an illuminated ball that will rise from the intersection of West Main Street and West Avenue followed by an amazing firework display set off by Grucci Illuminations.
This year’s sponsors include:
• Patchogue Village
• Patchogue Village Business Improvement District (B.I.D.)
• Legislator Rob Calarco
• Northstar Signs & Neon, Inc.
• LFG Rigging
• Cirigliano Agency
• Patchogue Restaurant Committee
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