03-14-2017 School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #22


Title
Field Trip - "Pink Alliance" Robotics Team FIRST Championship - Houston, TX

Discussion

The Pink Alliance is a cooperative robotics team whose members attend Rockledge High School, Cocoa Beach J/S High School, Space Coast J/S High School and Viera High School.  Approximately twenty-five robotic students, accompanied by eight A+ adult chaperones/faculty sponsors plan to travel to participate in the FIRST Championship in Houston, TX from April 19th-24th, 2017.  The Pink Alliance must qualify for this event first to participate.

 

Students and chaperones will meet at Orlando International Airport on the morning of April 19th, 2017 and once they land in Houston will be using a School Board approved rental van to and from the venue and airport.  The team will be housed at a FIRST approved hotel near the event venue.  The competition will run for six (6) days and students and chaperones will return to Brevard County no later than April 25th, 2017.  Students will miss 5 full days of school.

 

The fees for team registration, a robot kit of parts and event participation will be approximately $30,600.  Over the past few years, the district has committed to allocate $6,000 (through rebates from GovConnection to the district) to each high school robotic team to offset registration fees for competitions and various other costs.  In addition, students will have out-of-pocket expenses totaling approximately $175 each to cover gas, lodging and meals. Students will pay their portion of the cost for this trip either directly out of pocket, or through team “sweat equity” and district-approved fundraising activities, donations and grants to help off-set the cost.  There will be no additional cost to the district other than the $6,000 allocated to the FIRST Pink Alliance Robotics Team.

 



Recommendation

Approve the request for The Pink Alliance Robotics Team consisting of students from Rockledge High School, Cocoa Beach J/S High School, Space Coast J/S High School and Viera High School to attend the FIRST Championship in Houston, TX from April 19th – 24th, 2017 should they qualify for this event.



Meeting Date(s)
Information - 3/14/2017
Consent after Information2/28/2017

Authority for Action
Procedures & Criteria for Field Trips

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Partial

Source of Funding
Other Sources

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Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
17UndeterminedYES80011714180209800330000

Contact

Mike Alba, Principal, Viera High, 632-1770
Victoria Hickey, Principal, Rockledge High, 636-3711
Dr. Karyle Green, Principal, Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High, 783-1778
Sylvia Mijuskovic, Principal, Space Coast Jr/Sr High, 638-0750
Dr. Stephanie Soliven, Assistant Superintendent, Secondary Leading & Learning, 633-1000, ext. 300




Attachment:  Pink Team First Robotics.pdf