May 26, 2020
Another robotics season has come and gone. The Jension Robotics teams did a fantastic job. For our teams who qualified for Worlds the sudden end to the season due to a global pandemic was abrupt.
I'm confident the students on our teams learned valuable lessons this year about engineering design, problem solving, programming, communicating ideas and collaborating.
We are already making plans for next year. You will find information below for our ANNUAL MEETING, and when you can sign-up for JUNIOR HIGH & HIGH SCHOOL robotics teams (VRC), sign up for ELEMENTARY robotics teams (VEX IQ), and when to expect info about our new COMPETITIVE DRONE teams for JH and HS students, and a SPECIAL REQUEST for a fundraising project, and finally a note about the JPS Engineering Pathway available to your students.
We are planning on having our robotics annual meeting to elect a new board and to begin preparations for next season. Due to current restrictions we have to be creative for this meeting. The meeting date will be Monday, June 1, 7:00pm. We will have an online virtual meeting (ie. Zoom, or Google Meeting). If you would like to join this meeting please contact myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jennifer Newberry (email@example.com) for information on how to connect.
JUNIOR HIGH & HIGH SCHOOL SIGN-UPs:
Friday, May 29 is the deadline to submit an application to join the Junior High and High School robotics teams. Students going into 7th-12th grade for the 2020-2021 school year must complete the following requirements to be considered for participation on the 2020 - 2021 robotics team.
- Online Participant Application
- List 2 teachers on your application form that Jenison Robotics Board Members will contact for teacher evaluations.
This process would normally be done with an initial meeting and paper applications. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, we are processing the upcoming seasons applications and teacher recommendation forms online. Please note this application must be filled out by the student, not the parent. Once students have been accepted to the robotics teams, they will be provided with information on how to complete the registration process.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ROBOTICS TEAM SIGN-UPs:
Registration for students going in to grades 4th, 5th, and 6th will be this coming fall. Look for additional information regarding this towards the end of summer and the first week of the school year.
COMPETITIVE DRONE TEAM REGISTRATION:
Partnering with JSTEM we will be facilitating competitive drone racing teams next school year. This program will be open for High School students first, and we would like to open drone racing to Junior High students as funding allows. Registration for drone teams will be this coming fall. Look for additional information regarding this towards the end of summer and the first week of the school year.
SPECIAL REQUEST for a fundraising project:
I need some advice for a fundraising project. If you have professional experience with the building trades please contact me I would like to ask you a couple of questions. THANK YOU!! (firstname.lastname@example.org or phone or text me 616-457-4779, leave a message and I will get back to you)
Jenison's Engineering Pathway:
Jenison Public Schools offer an Engineering Pathway for students. You can find additional information about the Jenison International Academy program here.
President, Jenison Robotics
Monday, June 1, 7:00pm
This will be a "virtual meeting" to wrap up last season, and elect our new board for the upcoming school year.
The Jenison Robotics Board is currently working out plans for what type of program we can offer this upcoming school year. Please stay tuned for details.
Registration for the Fall 2020 VEX VRC season is now closed for 7-12th grade students. Details are being worked out for what type of program we can offer this upcoming school year. Please stay tuned for details.
The Fall 2019 leagues featured 50 teams from Jenison, Grandville, and Hudsonville elementary schools. Fall 2020 will be similar!
Jenison Jr. High Cafeteria
8295 20th Ave.
Jenison, MI 49428
Grandville Middle School Cafeteria
3535 Wilson Ave SW
Grandville, MI 49418
FALL 2020 DATES
TYPICAL LEAGUE NIGHT AGENDA
Location: Jenison, MI
This is an all day tournament - agenda TBA soon.
The Jenison fall 2020 leagues will feature teams from Jenison, Grandville, Hudsonville and Caledonia Middle and High Schools.
Teams must sign up for the nights they will attend.