01-19-2016 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #34


Title
Field Trip - Cocoa High School FIRST Robotics - FIRST Midwest Regional in Chicago, IL or Colorado Regional in Denver, CO and FIRST World Championship in St. Louis MO

Discussion
The Cocoa High Robotics Team consisting of approximately 12-18 students and four (4) chaperones is planning to attend either the FIRST Midwest Regional in Chicago, Illinois or the FIRST Colorado Regional in Denver, Colorado.  The decision of which event will be determined by FIRST criteria. The four adult chaperones are both male and female.  Two chaperones are current Brevard Public Schools employees, one is an engineer mentor from NASA Launch Services who is properly fingerprinted with the district and one is a parent who is an A+ level volunteer with Brevard Public Schools.  The team will travel by plane and will be staying at a FIRST authorized hotel closest to the event.  Students will be either walking or taking public transportation from the hotel to the University of Illinois-Chicago or the University of Colorado.  The students will miss four days of school for Chicago or none for Colorado since it is during spring vacation.

The team is also planning to attend the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, MO April 27 - May 1, 2016. World Championship is an invite only – to the best of the best, world-wide event. They will travel by plane and 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 trips will be funded by various fundraisers and business partners including NASA Launch Services, Vencore and Brevard Public Schools. THERE WILL BE NO COST TO THE DISTRICT.


Recommendation
Approve the request for the Cocoa High Robotics Team, approximately 12-18 students and four (4) chaperones, to attend the FIRST Midwest Regional in Chicago, Illinois on March 29 - April 3, 2016 or the Colorado Regional on March 22-27, 2016.  The students will miss four days of school if they attend Chicago or none if they attend Colorado.

The team is also requesting approval to attend the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri on April 26 - May 1, 2016.  The students will miss three (3) school days.


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
1540,000X80011214180209800330000
156,000X10011210018755100332000

Contact
Dr. Stephanie Soliven, Principal - 632-5300 
K. Jane Cline, Central Area Superintendent - 633-1000, ext. 411



Attachment:  Back Up_Robotics St Louis-CHS.pdf
Attachment:  Back Up_Robotics Chicago_Denver-CHS.pdf