All Saints High School Robotics Team Visits Rotary
November 22, 2016
By: Stephen Kent
Team 6193 "Legend of Robotics" Shows Their Stuff
Trevor Suttons, Andrea Ward, Lauren Reyes, Bret Greathouse
OK, so you'd like to make a bunch of old Rotarians REALLY feel old? Just bring in a High School Robotics team and that should do just fine.
The All Saints Central High School team is in their second year and already sound like budding engineers. Just listen to their titles, Lauren: head programmer and a member the drive team, Andrea: electrical, Trevor: mechanical, and Bret: spirit captain and mechanical.
The team is a winner in the FIRST robotics competition. FIRST promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) studies and draws over 400,000 students annually to their competitions. The motto is "Gracious Professionalism", which is defined as "playing in a way that would make your Grandmother proud."
Almost every High School in the area has a team. In their "rookie" year, the All Saints "Legend of Robotics" team got to the State level competition where they qualified for the World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri.
"This is hands-on learning and problem solving on a totally different level than anything I've ever seen in a classroom," said Rotarian and All Saints Principal Brian Campbell. "This is real, intense competition that is inclusive, challenging, engaging, and fun. It is also the coolest thing I've ever seen in my educational career."
The All Saints team started in 2016 with 18 students. Today there are 28 students and 10 mentors. That first team was the only Bay City team to make state. They went on to World where they placed in the top 11%.
Robotics competition is not cheap. The budget, which the team showed in detail, totals over $32,700 per year. As a parochial school, All Saints does not qualify for State Funding provided by the Governor. They hold fundraisers and get grants and sponsors.
The demonstration by the students and their robot was a treat for all the Rotarians.
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President Andrea Tries Her Hand Driving
Left to right: Andrea Hales, Trevor Suttons, Andrea Ward, Lauren Reyes, Bret Greathouse
CLUB NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
President Andrea read a thank you from YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region. A Club Community Grant for a $2,000 was approved to support the YWCA "Safe Sitter" program which trains and prepares young teens to be safe in unsupervised settings.
Andrea also read a thank you from the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce for our continued membership in that organization. As Chamber members, Rotarians may participate in Chamber programs open to members.
A vacancy was read for City's Historical District Commission.
This is the last week to order Holiday Greeting cards. A portion of the proceeds goes to Rotary programs. Chuck Cusick is chairing the Seasonal Cards fundraiser.
The box to collect books for the Philippines will be in the back of the room until March when the books are shipped.
The district Foundation Gala was held last week with a packed house. Avram Golden received an honorary Paul Harris award on behalf of our club.
The annual Christmas Program will be on December 20th. The Bay City Morning Rotary, the Northern Bay and Arenac Rotary, and the Optimists have been invited. Entertainment will be by the Garber Varsity Choir. Thanks to Lee Newton for organizing this event.
The meeting on will be at the Planetarium. Andrea and Tara have arranged for the club to meet there anytime the Doubletree cannot accommodate the club, or when they would put us in the grill area. So if we are not at the Doubletree someday, chances are we'll be across the street.
Thanks to Ann Russell for Chairing the Dictionary and Thesaurus project.
Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH
newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Rotary Club of Bad Axe Annual Spaghetti Dinner
- December 5th
5pm to 7pm. Andrea has details.
- December 13
- 11:00 am before regular meeting.
- Everyone invited.
Annual Holiday Celebration
- December 20
- The Bay City Morning Rotary, the Northern Bay and Arenac Rotary, and the Optimists have been invited. Entertainment will be by the Garber Varsity Choir.
OFF SITE Meeting
- January 10
- At the Delta College Planetarium.
(Also March 7, May 16, June 6)
June 10-14, 2017 Rotary International Convention - Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Dee Dee Wacksman, District Chair
(See the official schedule at
Nov 29, 2016
Misty Janks, YWCA Executive Director
, will discuss the 125th birthday of the YWCA and the events surrounding the anniversary.
Dec 6, 2016 - Region Seven Area on Aging.
Annette Jeska will present an update on Region Seven Area on Aging.
Dec 13, 2016
, Associate Director of Community Affairs for Michigan Operations at Dow Chemical, will give an update regarding Dow Chemical activities including the DuPont merger and the Dow Corning acquisition.
Dec 20, 2016 - Holiday Program
Holiday Sing along with the Garber High School Varsity Choir.
Dec 27, 2016 - Erin Sullivan to speak on Rodan & Fields Team.
Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.
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