Proclamation award

Commissioner Murman, center, with Steve Willingham, left, of Eureka Factory, and Terri Willingham, of Eureka Factory and FIRST, at right.

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners recognized ROBOTICON through a Proclamation naming October 2015 ROBOTICON Month in Hillsborough County!


Commissioner Murman meeting with Jr. FLL team Revealing Robotics at ROBOTICON 2015

The Proclamation was sponsored by County Commissioner Sandy Murman, a long time champion of FIRST in Hillsborough County, who visited with teams at our event on October 10, and who obviously enjoyed seeing FIRST in action!



The Proclamation reads:

FullSizeRenderWHEREAS, science, technology, and problem-solving are fun and rewarding for children, and the fields are proven paths to successful careers; and

WHEREAS, students who engage in science, technology, engineering, and math are more likely to attend college; and

WHEREAS, robotics competitions spark young imaginations, intellect, and creativity, while teaching valuable skills that are useful throughout life; and

WHEREAS, founded 25 years ago by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) aims to engage young people in exciting mentor-based science and technology programs; and

WHEREAS, FIRST alumni show dramatic improvement in time-management and problem-solving skills, and they are more likely to pursue careers in engineering and volunteer in their communities; and

WHEREAS, FIRST in Florida and Eureka! Factory, which specializes in educational and creative event and program development, recently partnered with Hillsborough County through an EDi2 Economic Development Innovation Initiative grant to produce the FIRST off-season event titled ROBOTICON Tampa Bay 2015; and

WHEREAS, robotics teams from around Florida and the nation flocked to the free event, which featured FIRST competitions, workshops, a college and career expo, and many more valuable experiences for young people,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED that the Board of County Commissioners of Hillsborough County, Florida does hereby declare

October 2015 as

So celebrate by sharing the good news, mentoring or sponsoring teams, and paying the Gracious Professionalism forward all year long!

Go Teams!