02-28-2012 Special School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #29

Palm Bay High School Robotics Trip to Omaha, Nebraska


Palm Bay High School is requesting School Board approval to participate in the VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) U.S. National Championship in Omaha, Nebraska, on March 15-17, 2012.  Palm Bay High engineering students qualified for the National and World Championship by winning 1st place at the Miami VEX Robotics Competitions in December and winning the Excellence Award.  Winning these awards is the only way to qualify for these events.

Sixteen students and five chaperones plan to travel to Omaha by American Air.  They will leave Palm Bay at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.  The group will stay at the Omaha Executive Inn.  The competition will begin on Thursday, March 15, and continue through Saturday, March 17.  The group will return to Palm Bay at approximately 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 18.  Three days of school (March 14-16) will be missed.

The cost is $735 per student.  Students will pay $300 of this cost plus provide funds to cover their individual meals.  The remainder of the cost will be paid by High School/High Tech Grant, Brevard Schools Robotics, Harris Corporation, Northrop Grumman, Motorola, AT&T, and fundraising by the students.  There will be no cost to the District. 

Approve the Palm Bay High School request for students to participate in the VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) U.S. National Championship in Omaha, Nebraska, on March 14-18, 2012.

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 2/14/2012
Consent after Information2/28/2012

Authority for Action
Procedures and Criteria for Field Trips

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom

Source of Funding
Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds

Cost Center


Matt Conroy -- Teacher, Palm Bay High School -- 321-952-5900

John G. Thomas -- Principal, Palm Bay High School -- 321-952-5900

Dr. Mark W. Mullins -- South Area Superintendent -- 321-254-0340

Attachment:  Palm Bay High - Robotics - Omaha - March 14-18, 2012 2.pdf