Dear Harrison 4th, 5th, and 6th grade Students and Parents/Guardians,
It is our pleasure to present information regarding this year’s Harrison Tigers Robotics Program. Again this past year, our teams won multiple awards, including several 1st place awards, engineering awards, and the very impressive “honor” award. We were also able to send all of our teams to the regional championship tournament. We are excited to continue our fantastic program this year, with the help of our bright Harrison students and our dedicated Harrison parents and guardians.
For the 2017-2018 year, we will again participate in the Create Foundation’s “Create Junior” program. Create Foundation sets the rules of the “game” and the standards for the robots. A great deal of information can be found at the Create Foundation web page at http://www.create-found.org/RecycleRescue2.php. Feel free to explore this page and the included links for even more information.
- The robotics program requires the students to dedicate a significant amount of time and effort and we ask that only students who are truly ready to commit to the program apply. Likewise, we ask that parents/guardians provide support for their children, as well as the program, by encouraging the student to work hard and by volunteering their time when possible.
- We expect teams to meet after school one day per week, for approximately 1.5 hours. In past years we have met right after school, from 4:00 to 5:30 or later in the evening, from 6:00 to 7:30. The days and hours will be decided by the coaches’ and students’ availability.
- We expect to participate in our first competition in November. Most competitions are on Saturday mornings or early afternoons and last for several hours. We should attend about 5-6 competitions throughout the year. The main season lasts until early March, but may extend into April if our teams again advance to the championship tournament.
- Students are expected to respect the robots, robot materials, classrooms, and Harrison Elementary property at all times. Since we use school rooms for our practice meetings, we will ask students to leave the room in the same or better condition than we found it. Students should never use the robots or materials in a destructive manner (i.e. no robot wars). In addition, we expect students to be attentive to the parent volunteers/coaches who will be volunteering their time to the program. And, of course, students should always be respectful of each other, and stay focused on the objectives of the program.
- Robotics demands team effort and cooperation among the students, so we really need them to focus and be ready to work hard. In the unfortunate event that discipline or behavior issues arise, the school principal has the option of intervening and removing a student from the program.
- We ask that parents/guardians volunteer their time at the classroom practice sessions, if possible, or at the Harrison Elementary Robotics Competition which we will host later in the year. We always welcome help from willing parents and guardians.
At this time, there is a voluntary fee associated with the program of $50.00 per student. The fee helps pay for various expenses of the program, including purchasing new materials and equipment. This year, the fee is voluntary and just a suggested amount. Parents/guardians are free to contribute as much or as little as they are able. Cost should not be a factor in whether your student participates in this program.
If you believe you would like to participate in the program, please fill out the application. Applications should be turned into the students’ teacher by Wednesday, September 27, 2017.
There are areas for both students and parents/guardians to fill in and sign. Unfortunately, we may not be able to select all students who apply for the program. A rubric was developed three years ago which is used in making selections for the program. This rubric includes a teacher input component and rates the students’ responses to the application questions. Students who are not selected for the program may be asked to serve as “alternates”, and may be substituted for a student who is initially selected for the program but later drops out or otherwise cannot remain in the program. Alternates do not attend regular team meetings or practices. Decisions regarding team selections are expected to be made by the end of this month, and students who are selected for the program will receive either a team letter or an alternate letter.
If you have any questions or need any additional information, feel free to contact the Harrison PTA at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are excited and looking forward to a great 2017-2018 Harrison Robotics program.