The Steel of the Knights Robotics program has received it's first major funding contribution. The Rockwell Collins company has provided a grant to cover all first-year registration fees, the initial Mindstorms robotics kit, and the year's challenge mat and other annual costs.
"This is more that we were hoping for" said Bruce Rempe the program's director; "it was my understanding that they might fund the Mindstorm's kit.
I was surprised to see them come through not only for the kit, but also the registration fees, and challenge kit costs."
"Many start-up expenses remain" says Rempe. He goes onto say, "We need to construct a project work table according to the US First requirements and we will also need simple things like tackle boxes to store the many tiny kit pieces, a computer to program the robots, etc. we will be seeking the balance of funding from local businesses and organizations."
The US First robotics programs are designed to challenge students to think creatively and to work as a team to design a robot that achieves a number of challenges. Each team then competes against other robots in regional and even national competitions. There are programs for elementary, middle school and high-school aged students - with advancing sophistication at each level.
A PBS video documentary called "Gearing Up" documents the US First High School level program and is a great resource for learning more about the US First organization and it's objectives. It is available at both the La Porte City and Dysart public libraries.
For the 2010-2011 year, a team is being formed at the Union Middle School for students in 6,7 and 8th grades. The team will meet before school at the Union Middle School in Dysart.
If your child loves to build things and solve problems, we'd love to have them on the Union Robotics Team.
Please visit www.SteelOfTheKnights.org and complete the form to receive updated information. If your business or organization would like to learn more about the local US First robots program at Union, and how you might help - please contact the program's Head Coach Bruce Rempe at firstname.lastname@example.org.