04-26-2011 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #33

Palm Bay High School Engineering Programs' Rocket Team Trip to Washington, D.C.


Palm Bay High School is requesting Board approval to participate in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) in Washington, D.C. on May 13-15, 2011.  This is the world's largest rocket contest, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry.

The Palm Bay High team is currently an alternate finalist for the 2011 Team America Rocketry Challenge.  They are ranked 111 of over 700 teams.  One hundred teams are invited to the finals.  If invited teams cannot make it to the finals, then alternates will be asked to participate.

If the Palm Bay High team is invited as an alternate, four students and two adult chaperones plan to travel to the Washington, D.C. area by Avis rental minivan.  They will leave Palm Bay at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, May 13.  The group will stay at the Four Points by Sheraton in Manassas, Virginia.  The competition will be held on Saturday, May 14, in The Plains, Virginia.  The group will return to Palm Bay on Sunday, May 15.  The students will be absent from school on Friday, May 13.

The students will pay $60 to cover their share for the hotel plus the cost of their personal meals.  The other expenses of the trip will be paid by the High School/High Tech Grant and soda machine profits.  There will be no cost to the District.

Approve the Palm Bay High School request to participate in the 2011 Team America Rocketry Challenge in Washington, D.C. on May 13-15, 2011.

Meeting Date(s)
Consent w/o Information - 4/26/2011

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

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

Attachment:  PBHS Rocket Challenge, Washington, D.C. May 2011.pdf