Rochester Joint Schools Construction Board Donates $15,000 Dollars to RCSD Robotics Teams
The Rochester City School District thanks the Rochester Joint Schools Construction Board for its generous donations to city school robotics teams.
On Thursday, December 20, Allen Williams, the Chairman of the Rochester Joint Schools Construction Board, presented checks totaling $15,000 dollars for both the ROC City Robotix Team, the District’s citywide team that meets at Edison Career and Technology High School, and the X-Cats robotics team at Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School Commencement Academy.
The ROC City Robotix Team was awarded $5,000 dollars. The ROC City Robotix Team competes in FIRST Robotics Competitions at the high school level. All high school students in grades 9 through 12 residing in the City of Rochester whose high school does not have a FIRST Robotics team are eligible to join. Schools such as Edison Career and Technology High School, School #58, and P-Tech are active participants. The Citywide Team is consistently recruiting to increase participation around the District.
Rhonda Neal, Executive Director of Career Pathways & College and Business Partnerships for the Rochester City School District says, “This will be very beneficial for the program. The funds will assist in increased learning activities for students in robotics, STEM and Engineering initiatives.”
The Rochester Joint Schools Construction Board also presented a check for $10,000 to the X-Cats team at Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School Commencement Academy. This team has devoted a lot of time and effort to science, engineering, and technology since its inception in 1992.
Twanda Dixon, a student at Wilson and a member of the X-Cats team said, “This program has instilled in me a love for engineering and technology. By the time I was in 5th grade, I was already making websites. By the time I was in 7th grade, I was helping build a robot, and in 10th grade I started getting into app development. There’s all of these wonderful opportunities that students have been given throughout the years.”
Both Teams will compete in the FIRST Finger Lakes Robotics Competition at RIT in March and the FIRST Championship in Detroit in April.