|While [a college FIRST competition] would be pretty fun, I think that you'll see this build season that mentoring is a heck of a lot of fun too. (except when the kids pretend to cut their fingers off to see your reaction) - Beth Sweet [more]|
Name: Marian Passmore
Date Honored: 08-31-2005
Years involved w/FIRST: 8
FIRST Team(s): NASA @Kennedy Space Center/Bradley Investments, LLC &, Rockledge High School &, Cocoa Beach High School &, Viera High School &, School Board of Brevard County (0233)
Quote: The best way to predict the future is to help create it!
Bio: Marian Passmore was honored as the second Indiana Robotics Invitational Unsung FIRST Hero. Hailing from Cocoa Beach, Florida, "Mrs. P" helped make Team #233's visit to the IRI possible.
Marian describes her team involvement as "...the only teacher representing 2 local high schools. I serve as the main organizer for fundraising and other promotional events. I teach a robotics course at one of the high schools and work out at NASA during second semester with the robotic design and build team." She described FIRST as "...an awesome program that inspires science, technology, time management, team work and thinking outside the box. It’s an event that you just have see and talk to the kids to appreciate."
Working with #233, the Pink Team, for 8 years, Marian had a list of FIRST accomplishments: "Rookie all- star, Delphi’s Driving Tomorrow’s Technology – regional and championship, Team Spirit, GM Industrial Design – regional (2) and championship, Chairmans award, Website Design, Imagery – regional (4), Motorola Quality, Leadership in Controls (3), Archimedes Division Champion, Regional Finalist – 3 times, Regional Champ – 4 times, IRI Champion, 7 students with scholarships.
"Personally, we’ve started the Florida Sunshine State Lego League Competition and have funded it for the past 3 years. We have started and mentor at least 30 lego teams including some from out of state. We have also started 3 high school teams and continue to mentor 4 other teams from out of the country. This year we held our first girls only lego robotics camp and will continue to run this next summer."
Marian's couldn't narrow down one favorite FIRST memory, but she did name a number of great experiences she's had with the team. "There are too many memories to have only 1 favorite. This team has traveled to many venues including: UCF, UTC, Philadelphia, Toronto, Seattle, Denver, NYC, Houston, Epcot and Atlanta. We’ve also attended off-season competitions in Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale and Indiana. There is at least one favorite memory from each event including meeting new teams, new people, and seeing my students help re-build and re-program other robots. One of the best memories from last year was our students picking our “arch cross-town rival” as our alliance partner at UCF. This year, the students have impressed me by “taking over the team”. This summer they worked out the restructuring of the team, planned the community service for this year and wrote the team’s charter/constitution."
Lastly, Marian gave her fellow FIRSTers a bit of advice: "Manage your time. Don’t try to do it all – pick an area and focus but pick something different the next year."
Congratulations to Marian Passmore, our second Indiana Robotics Invitational Unsung FIRST Hero.
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