01-19-2016 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #33


Title
Field Trip - FIRST Robotics "Pink" Team to the FIRST Bayou Regional in Kenner, LA, Lone Star Regional in Houston, TX, and FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, MO

Discussion
The Robotics "PINK" Team #233 consisting of approximately 45-50 students from Rockledge High, Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High, Space Coast Jr./Sr. High and Viera High Schools and  five (5) chaperones is planning to attend the FIRST Bayou Regional competition March 16-19, 2016, Lone Star Regional competition April 6-9, 2016, & World Championship April 26 - May 1, 2016.  World Championship is an invite only – to the best of the best, world-wide event.  

The  five adult chaperones (both male and female) are properly fingerprinted with the district, including the teacher sponsor, an engineer mentor from NASA, a retired technician and two volunteers.  Students will pay their own way for each of the trips. In case of students not being able to pay, there will be a fundraiser to help offset the cost.   No student will be denied the opportunity to participate due to funds.  The trips will be funded by various fundraisers, business partners including NASA, student fundraising and donations from various civic organizations.   THERE WILL BE NO COST TO THE DISTRICT.

The team will travel by School Board approved charter bus to Kenner, LA, March 16-19, 2016.  The Event will be held at the Pontchartrain Center.  Approximately 50 students and 5 chaperones will attend this competition.  The team will be staying at a FIRST authorized hotel closest to the event.  Students will be driven from the hotel to the event and back both days.  The cost of the trip will be $300.00 each.  Students will pay their own way.  Students will miss two (2) days of school.

The team will travel by air to Houston, TX, April 6-9, 2016.  The event will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  Approximately 45 students and 5 chaperones will attend this competition.  The team will be staying at a FIRST authorized hotel closest to the event.  Students will either be walking or taking public transportation from the hotel to the George R. Brown Convention Center.  The cost of the trip will be $500.00 each. Students will miss two (2) days of school.

The team will travel by air to St. Louis, MO, April 26 - May 1, 2016 for the FIRST World Championships.  The event will be held at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis and the team will be staying at a FIRST authorized hotel closest to the event.  Students will either walk or take public transportation from the hotel to the Edward Jones Dome.  The cost of the trip will be $500.00 each. Students will miss three (3) days of school.



Recommendation
Approve the request for the Rockledge High, Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High, Space Coast Jr./Sr. High, Viera High Schools Robotics "PINK" Team #233, approximately 45-50 students and five (5) chaperones, to attend the FIRST Bayou Regional competition March 16-19, 2016 in Kenner, LA, Lone Star Regional competition April 6-9, 2016 in Houston, TX, and the FIRST World Championship April 26 - May 1, 2016 in St. Louis, MO.

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 12/8/2015
Consent after Information1/19/2016

Authority for Action
Procedures and Criteria for Field Trips

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Other Sources

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
16N/AX80010114180209800330N/A

Contact
Tony Hines, Principal - 636-3711
K. Jane Cline, Central Area Superintendent - 633-1000, ext. 411


Attachment:  Back Up_Robotics RHS.pdf