FIRST Robotics and Others Recognized for Achievements at School Board Meeting

| May 16, 2012

Over 150 people attended the Bloomington Public School Board meeting on May 14.  Not your normal school board meeting.  The Bloomington Public School Board recognized the award-winning achievements of students, staff and public. The Bloomington School Board also introduced Steve Flucas, the new principal at Poplar Bridge Elementary and named Thermo King a Friend of Bloomington Public Schools. The recognition event included a robot demonstration by Kennedy High School FIRST Robotics.

Kennedy High School FIRST Robotics demonstration

Steve Flucas joked about the well-attended meeting when he was introduced, “Wow. I like this.”

The following students, staff and public were recognized:

Thermo King*, Named Friend of Bloomington Public Schools
Steve Flucas, New Principal at Poplar Bridge Elementary
Poplar Bridge Destination Imagination Team**, First Place, Destination Imagination State Level
Kennedy Chopper Project, First Place, Donny Smith Bike Show
Kennedy High School FIRST Robotics Team
Tarrance Collier, State Leadership Conference, Culinary Arts
Jefferson High School DECA State Award Winners
Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Future Leaders Program
Gary Siemers Exemplary Educator Award, Bloomington Federation of Teachers
Special Education Community Advisory Council Caring Awards

Kennedy FIRST Robotics team competed at the US FIRST Robotics National Tournament on April 28 thru April 30 in St. Louis, Missouri. The team placed 94th out of 100.

Team captain Camren Carlyle said the experience was awe shocking. “I expected heavy competition but not that strong.” He said it inspired him to show more initiative and be more organized for next year.

Mr. Dave Doty, volunteer advisor for FIRST Robotics and Kennedy H.S. science teacher, congratulated the team’s successful season and said the hardest part was raising $20,000 in two weeks. The money was needed to pay for travel expenses to the national tournament. Major donors were Thermo King, Microsoft and PTC Software. Mall of America, Bloomington Education Foundation and family members each made $1,000 donations.

*Thermo King donated to the Kennedy High School FIRST Robotics team and its employees volunteered as mentors.

** Poplar Bridge Destination Imagination team is traveling to Knoxville, Tennessee for the Destination Imagination Global Tournament May 23 thru May 26 and is fundraising to offset travel expenses. Visit their fundraising website to learn more.

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