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DATE: Tuesday, May 09, 2017
TO: School Board Members
FROM: Jeff Eakins, Superintendent
SUBJECT / RECOMMENDATIONS
Recognition of the Plant High School KNO3 Robotics Team for Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology (FIRST) Florida Tech Challenge (FTC) Team (Office of Teaching and Learning)
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The KNO3 Robotics Team representing Plant High School competed in FIRST Robotics which was established in fall of 2013.  Their goal was to introduce Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) opportunities in their high school and provide a sustainable platform for students to learn lifelong skills of self-confidence, communications, and leadership.  Engaging students in a competitive, yet fun and exciting programs will encourage students to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM.  The Team was invited to compete at the 2017 FIRST FTC World Championships on April 19-22, 2017, in Houston, Texas.  In 2017, the KNO3 Robotics Team received the following awards: Finalist Alliance Partner State Championship; Connect Award Florida State Championship; 2nd Inspired Award Florida State Championship; Winning Alliance South Super Regionals; and the Inspire Award Robot League Championship.

Jaxon Brown, Team Captain
Ryan Hicks
Amanda Arnone
Zachary Brown
Rhett Renaud
Keith Kasper
Nicholas Swaich
Myles Hoskinson
Marcus Mlack
Hamilton Jones
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES
• Improve the high school graduation rate
FINANCIAL IMPACT (Budgeted:  No)
This item is for recognition and has no financial impact to the district.
EVALUATION
N/A
SUBMITTED BY:  Larry R. Plank, Ed.S., Director K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
Deborah Cook   Dr. Alberto Vázquez
Chief Academic Officer, Office of Teaching and Learning
(813) 272-4221
  Chief of Staff
(813) 272-4986
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Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20170509_812 (Board Recognition Meeting) * Section A Item# 07