Saturday, February 13, 2016

What gives? Can robotics team go to contest or not?

What gives? Can robotics team go to contest or not?



We are being contacted by parents and administrators who are upset with the Norristown Area School District administration and school board.

The emailers are telling us that the Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy team, in its rookie year, has finished in the top five.

The team made up of students did well in a middle-school robotics competition sponsored by VEX Robotics.

At the last robotics competition, held at the Downingtown STEM Academy, the team from Norristown fought its way through the qualifying rounds and earned a spot to compete in the quarterfinals.

Though the Norristown team lost the tournament, it won the Award for Excellence, the highest honor given at local competitions.

With the award came an invitation to the VEX Robotics World Championships, to be held in Anaheim, Calif., from April 18 to 21, our emailers are saying.

But to attend, Eisenhower’s robotics team must get permission from the Norristown Area School District, and that permission has not been granted. The students are broken-hearted, we are being told.

“What message is the board sending by making this decision?” one emailer wrote.

We tried to get answers from the school district, but no one responds to calls and emails.

The next school board meeting will be Monday, the 19th, at 6:45. We are hearing that parents and the community are planning a rally to support the robotics team.

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