Elementary School Students Praised for Science Competition Achievements

Islip, NY – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter recently invited a group of elementary school students to Town Hall to congratulate them on their recent success in the FIRST Lego League Tournament. The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League Tournament asks competitors to construct mobile ‘robots’ that can perform simple tasks. The students, from Bayport’s Academy Street Elementary School, were among the youngest competitors in the entire tournament. Despite competing against middle-schoolers, these students finished 6th out of 40 teams in the championship tournament.

“We’re so proud of these students and everything they have achieved,” said Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “They made the effort to keep learning about science and technology outside of the classroom, and this dedication paid off at the FIRST competition. We’re looking forward to their future projects.” 

The theme for the 2016 championship was “Trash Trek”, and concerned recycling.  The team, known the Brainstormers, toured Covanta, the Islip Recycling Center and the Islip Town Compost Facility in preparation for the tournament.  The team learned how there are more people on Long Island who do not participate in recycling than those who do participate. The Brainstormers created a home recycler machine, called “The Recycler”, to eliminate the storage and mess of recycled materials in the home.

Pictured (l-r): Eileen Kaler; Matthew Bachek; George Economos; Jillian Kaler; Ellie Ricci; Supervisor Angie Carpenter. TEAMMATES NOT PICTURED: Vincent Greenlaw; Brayden Robertson.