Rockford Robotics Wins CIR Chairman’s Award

2015_cir_chairmanRockford Robotics was honored to receive the FIRST Robotics Chairman’s Award at the March 2015 Central Illinois Regional. The most prestigious award at FIRST, it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. The judges noted how active our team has been in promoting science and technology to our community. The award includes an invitation to the World Championship in St, Louis, April 22 -25.

Rockford Robotics team members thank our sponsors, our families, and the local community for their continued support. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Team Captain Addie Wins Dean’s List Award

addie_award_webCongratulations to Addie L, Rockford Robotics Team Captain. Dean Kamen, FIRST Robotics founder, presented Addie with this award during the Central Illinois Regional.

The Dean’s List Award celebrates outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary.

Addie will join other regional finalists at the Championship in St. Louis, April 22 -26, 2015, where ten students will be selected as Dean’s List winners.

Mayor Proclaims July 2014 Robotics Month

2014_ mayor_procDuring the July 14, 2014 City Council Meeting, Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey proclaimed July 2014 as Robotics Education Month. He cited Rockford Robotics’s efforts in holding programming workshops as part of the Rockford Makers Network at the Pubic Library’s Nordlof Center and their participation in the R2OC planning committee.

Rockford Robotics also was notified that they were awarded a $20,000 grant from the Community Foundation for the Rockford Public Schools Robotics Roll-Out. This will help fund Junior FIRST Lego League (Jr. FLL), FIRST Lego League (FLL) and FIRST Technical Challenge (FTC) teams at several RPS schools during the 2014-15 school year. In addition RPS Robotics Roll-Out received just over $5,000 from Alignment Rockford for use specifically for FTC registration and KOP. Once the funds are received equipment will be purchased and teams will be on their way!

Congratulations to our Scholarship Winners

2014 coleman schlrRockford Robotics is proud to have two Howard Coleman Scholarship winners among its alumni. Alex McInerney was a 2014 recipient and Tommy Lynch was a 2013 recipient. The scholarship is awarded annually to graduating high school seniors, residing in Boone or Winnebago County, who will major in Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Science, or a comparable technology field. Scholarship winners must personify the innovative spirit of Howard D. Colman.

Mr. Coleman was an inventor and entrepreneur in the fields of small motors, temperature controls, textiles, telecommunications, and machine tools. He is most recognized in the local community as the founder of Barber Coleman Company.

Mentor Chris MaGee Wins Chamber of Commerce Award

Chris MageeCongratulations to Chris MaGee on being awarded the “Individual Business Catalyst of the Year” at the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Celebration of Manufacturing on March 20, 2014.

The team’s students and mentors have always appreciated Chris’s dedication and in promoting STEM education and robotics programs. It is great to see the Rockford Community recognize her contributions.

You can read more about Chris and this award in the March 21, 2014 Rockford Register Star article.