Support the SSMS Robotics Team
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For years, the SSMS Robotics Team has asked the RVC Board of Education for support to pay transportation and registration fees to competitions, and to compensate the coaches who devote countless hours to develop the team yet they continue to designate the Robotics team as a "club" instead of a "team" to avoid adequate funding of the program. There are no by-laws which make this decision - it is strictly subjective. We request the re-designation of SSMS Robotics from Club to Team for the following reasons:
1. The Robotics team competes in local, state and global competitions which differentiates them from an academic club.
2. The 2017 VEX World Championships was televised on CBS Sports in June which validates Robotics as a legitimate team competition.
3. The SSMS Robotics team has distinguished itself twice by qualifying for the VEX World Championships. Only 1,400 out of 18,000 teams qualified for the week-long competition of elementary, middle school, high school and college teams from over 50 countries. Last year, SSMS ranked 100 out of 500 in their division. These kids (and their coaches) have earned the right to be designated as a team. Here's a link to the Fox 5 News segment which featured last years team the week before their trip to the World Championships in Kentucky.
4. Strong support for the Robotics team will continue to validate the reputation of Rockville Centre School District as a pioneer and leader in education.
5. Robotics popularity is growing by leaps and bounds in elementary, middle and high school levels. More than 40 students participate on the SSMS team this year. Additional support is warranted and necessary.
6. Competitive robotics encourages important life skills like teamwork, communication, critical thinking, problem solving and organization. It also encourages boys and girls to work together competitively.
7. In addition to the field of robotics, the team competes in the STEM field. Last year, their agriculture research won the New York State STEM Research award.
8. By designating Robotics as a team rather than a club, these children can compete on a level playing field with other local, national and global teams.
9. It is unfair to ask these children (and their families) to contribute financially for transportation to compete, whether local, regional or national.
10. These children (and Robotics) are the future! Do not penalize them because they are smart. They are fierce competitors and will make us all proud.
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