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FIRST Robotics Signing Day by: Coach Norm
Let’s celebrate our graduating seniors and their pursuits after graduating from high school with FIRST Robotics Signing Day. PDF explaining what it is and how to host an event.
Graduation from high school is a major milestone in a students life. Our seniors are moving forward from our teams and schools as they pursue their education after high school and future careers. Signing day is a day to celebrate the accomplishments of the Seniors on your team. Lets help raise the awareness of FIRST Robotics and our graduating seniors.
We will be hosting our FIRST Robotics Signing Day on May 18th, 2016. We would like to encourage all FIRST Robotics teams including FRC and FTC to join in the celebration.
Hashtag for the day will be #FIRSTSigningDay
We had our official kickoff of #FIRSTSigningDay today at Westlake High School.
We have 30 graduating seniors from our FRC program this year. We are excited to share their decisions to move forward in their pursuit of career aspirations. It was a great honor to celebrate our students with our district and high school administration.
This is great! We are planning to incorporate this into our end of year banquet on May 11th. We will include our FRC seniors and also our Vex seniors that are graduating this year. Our school is very sports-oriented and has dozens of seniors signing to play college sports and we hope that by including the signing event at our banquet it will increase visibility for robotics in our school and in the greater community. I will post pictures!
Team 2539, the Krypton Cougars of Palmyra, PA, will be participating in Signing Day on May 17. Our event is planned at 6:30pm at the team’s build site. We will recognize all of our seniors and have those attending college in the fall sign letters of commitment. I’ll share pics after the event. Thanks for the idea and the kit — very helpful information in there!
Area Seniors Honored on National Robotics Signing Day
Palmyra, Pa. — FIRST Robotics Team 2539, the Krypton Cougars, honored its seniors and participated in the national FIRST Robotics Signing Day on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Honored were team co-captains Henry Will and Joe Boyer from Palmyra High School, and Matthew Campbell from Hershey High School.
FIRST Robotics Signing Day is described by the FIRST organization as “a nationwide campaign recognizing the outstanding high school graduates that have participated in FIRST Robotics programs and are choosing to continue with their education beyond high school.”
Will signed a letter of intent to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute after graduation, majoring in Engineering and Product Design; Boyer will attend Indiana University–Purdue University in Indianapolis (IUPUI), majoring in Motorsports Engineering; and Campbell will attend Penn State Main Campus, majoring in Computer Science.
In addition to highlighting the students’ commitments to attend college in the fall, the event celebrated the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education received in the high school classroom and as members of a FIRST Robotics team.
The Krypton Cougars welcome students from throughout Central Pennsylvania to join the team. Membership on a FIRST Robotics team gives students the opportunity to experience STEM, as well as learn leadership, teamwork, management, and strategic thinking skills that prepare them for a successful life after high school. For more information, visit the team’s website at http://www.team2539.com.
Since today is National Letter of Intent Signing Day for college athletics, here is our updates and information about FIRST Signing Day this year.
FIRST Signing Day is essentially our version of the National Letter of Intent Signing Day for high school athletes entering college, but catered towards FIRST students instead (both FTC & FRC). Through FSD, high school FIRST teams hold an official signing ceremony to celebrate their seniors’ future plans.
We believe that seniors in robotics deserve due recognition for their contributions to FIRST and their efforts to seek out higher education. In fact, over 75% of FIRST Alumni have “gone pro” in a STEM Field as a student or professional; on the other hand, ~2-3% of athletes have “gone pro” across all six major sports according to the NCAA. So far, we’ve had multiple FIRST Hall of Fame teams participate – Bomb Squad, Holy Cows, Miss Daisy, HIGHROLLERS, and RUSH – as well as many others across the U.S.
Our team has been working with personnel at FIRST Headquarters (namely Michelle Long, FIRST Alumni Relations Manager) to push out this initiative on a wider scale. FIRST Staff recommended we email the individual regional directors as a next step in pushing this culture change which was done earlier this year.