Monday, November 16, 2015

Important info, meeting notes, and next meeting cancellation notice

Lots of information, so my apologies in advance for the long post.
  1. TOMORROW'S MEETING IS CANCELLED.  Due to scheduling conflicts with the school, we do not have a place to meet tomorrow.  However... 
  2. I have recently been in contact with Dr. Chung from Lawrence Tech and he shared a timeline that doesn't have the same sense of urgency that we first felt from our first meeting.  He provided great information about Robofest located at this link which states that we should be officially kicking off in December.  Please check this out, as he also provided some great information on how to apply for grants for all-girls Robofest teams.  I hope to attend one of the kickoff meetings, and I encourage parents interested in leading teams to do the same.  Please drop me an email stating that you are going and perhaps we can arrange to attend together.
  3. There is a link now on the right to the sign-up form that was used to gain interest.  If you have not already done so, please enter your student's information into it.  If you have, there is no need to do it again.  If you are unsure, please send an email to
  4. There is also a form on the right to enter your email address to receive updates to this blog.  I'd like to make it easy on everyone and enter their addresses for them using the form data, but I cannot for privacy reasons.  However, please put your email address in there as I do not plan to be sending updates using multiple channels for very long.
  5. I will be creating a calendar soon and will share our meeting dates on that.  Look for updates on this site.

Meeting notes from last Wednesday

Last Wednesday on 11/11, Joe DeRose from the Hoben Robotics Club provided a tremendous amount of information and insight into what it takes to get a robotics club going.  I've provided the link to his presentation here.  A few take-aways:
  • 3rd graders cannot compete in Robofest and it is suggested that the difficulty of the assignments may be too much for them anyhow.  Instead, I have spoken with some 3rd grade parents that plan to lead a programming club for 3rd graders using sites like or  If you signed up on the interest form and indicated you are interested in that, you'll be getting an email soon to discuss further plans.
  • Robotics hardware is normally on sale during Black Friday events, so it is suggested to have teams in place prior to these sales.  According to the suggestions we need 1 technical parent for each 4 students for a team.  Therefore we need to identify our parent team lead volunteers before we can determine the number of teams we will have.  If you are interested in leading a team, please email me with the subject line Parent Team Lead within the next week.  Also, if your student has a team in mind, include that detail in the email.  I'm hoping we can gather the information soon enough to take advantage of the sales.
  • We need a President for the club.  If you are interested, please send me an email.
  • We need a club Treasurer.  If you are interested, please send me an email.
  • We need a fundraiser chair.  Again, if you are interested, please send me an email
Lastly, based on feedback from the group, we will use this blog as a the primary means of communication (meaning not facebook).  Due to that, I'd like to reiterate the request to add your email address to the link on the right hand side of this page.  I believe this link would only exist on the desktop version of the website, so please switch to that view if your device can display it, or go to the website from a desktop computer.

I believe I covered everything I have to share at this point.  If you have any questions, either leave a comment below or email me.


Thanks again.


  1. I have a third grader that would be interested in the programming.

  2. My 3rd grader will be interested to join programming.
    my email: