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