Report: robotics team may attend West Coast contest


The Norristown Times Herald reports this morning that four Eisenhower Middle School robotics team members and two adult chaperones will go to the 2012 VEX Robotics World Competition in Anaheim, Calif.

The decision was made at a Norristown Area School Board meeting on Monday night. It came on the heels of strong public sentiment in favor of the trip.

Last week the team, led by Beth Roth, the district’s instructional technology director, was busy raising the estimated $8,000 cost.

District employees and community members had contributed $2,410 last week, said Anne Marie Rohricht, the district Chief Financial Officer.

On Wednesday morning an anonymous donor agreed to contribute $7,700 to make sure the students were able to participate in the robotics competition, the newspaper quoted Rohricht as saying.

Imer Vazquez, Francesco Fernandez, Tony Zevallos and Dante Puleo won the right to compete in California based on six multi-school tournaments and one scrimmage during this school year, the Times Herald reports.

Unlike last week’s school board meeting when community members brought donations and strongly asked the board to approve the trip, there was no public comment from parents at Monday night’s meeting.

Board member E. Pearl Smith said after the vote that she was proud the students would make the trip and represent the school district.

She said she hoped the robotics program would soon  expand to the district’s East Norriton and Stewart middle schools next year.