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									                                                              KES Robotics Application SY 2012-2013


                                                                                  August 22, 2012

Aloha Parents/ Guardians,

This year KES is fortunate to create a Robotics Team, under parent advisor/ coach, Nadine
Jacang. The Robotics Team is being offered as an afterschool enrichment program, meeting
two- three times per week. This opportunity is open to 4th- 6th graders; each grade will form its
own team, comprised of 6-8 students.

Participating in Robotics will foster the experience of solving real world problems by applying
math, science and technology. More importantly, students will develop critical thinking and
cooperative learning strategies.

After the application and selection process is complete, the Team will register to be a part of the
First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Program, which holds district competitions in late October/
early November. Each year, FLL teams around the world are provided with a thematic challenge
based on a real world, global problem that scientists face today. Teams prepare autonomous
robots to compete in the field, as well as prepare creative presentations to showcase their
research and innovative solutions.

If your child is interested in applying for the Robotics Team, the following information, which is
attached, must be completed:

      Application Form
      Student Self Checklist
      Teacher recommendation Checklist
      Parent recommendation Checklist and Parent Agreement Form
      One page typed essay (minimum 100 words), double spaced and size 12, Times New
       Roman font

Although students will learn many valuable skills, a strong emphasis will be placed on
responsibility and commitment to the program, from both students and parents. The Robotics
Team will meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30-4:30pm. More meeting days and times
will be added as the competition approaches. Students and parents will need to make
arrangements for transportation on meeting days and competitions. There are no provisions for
bus transportation.

If your child is interested in applying for the Robotics Team, please complete the attached packet
electronically, along with your child’s typed essay, and email to shwee@ksbe.edu no later than
September 3rd. After this date, applications will not be accepted.

Mahalo,

Ms. Shelley Wee (Student Activities Coordinator) & Ms. Nadine Jacang (Robotics Coach)



                                Due by Sept. 3rd to shwee@ksbe.edu
                                                                KES Robotics Application SY 2012-2013


                                 KES Robotics Team Application



Student’s Name _______________________________ Date ______________

Grade level (place an X before your grade level)     ____ 4    ____5 ____ 6

Gender ____

Please complete the following survey:

1.    If you are chosen as a team member, will you be able to meet two to three times per week
     after school from 2:30- 4:45pm (at the latest)? (place an X before your answer)
                                        ____Yes         ___ No

        (Team members who have two unexcused absences from team meetings and/or are tardy
        more than twice, may be dismissed from the team for the remainder of the year.)

2.    What other in- school and afterschool activities are you involved in, and/ or are interested in
     becoming involved in this school year?




3.    Will any of these after school activities conflict with Robotics meetings from 2:30- 4:30pm?
     (Time and commitment are very important and necessary for the Robotics Team to have a
     successful year, so please consider your priorities.)




                                 Due by Sept. 3rd to shwee@ksbe.edu
                                                           KES Robotics Application SY 2012-2013


                                     Student Self Checklist



Student’s Name _______________________________             Grade ______

Please rate yourself in the all areas based on the following scale:
1 = Not at all     2 = Sometimes           3 = Usually     4= Most often         5= Always

Place an X in the box that you feel best represents yourself.

                      Behavior                             1        2        3        4       5
Works well with others
Communicates ideas clearly
Willing to share ideas with others
Follows directions precisely
Follows through with assignments and tasks
Arrives to class on time
Arrives to class prepared
Accepts and uses suggestions and corrections
Demonstrates leadership abilities
Uses time wisely
Demonstrates perseverance
Is creative

Comments:




I understand the commitment required to be on the KES Robotics Team and would like to
apply for a position on the team. I understand that I need to keep up with my schoolwork and
demonstrate acceptable behavior. Any unsatisfactory work or unacceptable behavior, as
determined by my teachers and Robotics Coach, will mean that I can no longer participate in
the after school Robotics Program.

________________________________________________                        ______________
                    Student Signature                                         Date
(Typing in your name will serve as your electronic signature)



                            Due by Sept. 3rd to shwee@ksbe.edu
                                                         KES Robotics Application SY 2012-2013


                               Teacher Recommendation Form

Teachers- Please complete this form and email it to shwee@ksbe.edu by September 3rd.

Teacher’s Name ___________________________


Student’s Name ____________________________            Grade ________


Please rate the student, by marking an X in the appropriate box, based on the following scale:
1 = Not at all      2 = Sometimes        3 = Usually      4= Most often        5= Always

                      Behavior                            1        2       3        4        5
Works well with others
Communicates ideas clearly
Willing to share ideas with others
Follows directions precisely
Follows through with assignments and tasks
Arrives to class on time
Arrives to class prepared
Accepts and uses suggestions and corrections
Demonstrates leadership abilities
Uses time wisely
Demonstrates perseverance
Is creative

Comments:




                            Due by Sept. 3rd to shwee@ksbe.edu
                                                             KES Robotics Application SY 2012-2013


                          Parent/ Guardian Recommendation Form



Parent/ Guardian’s Name ________________________________


Parent/ Guardian’s Signature _____________________________________
                          (Typing in your name will serve as your electronic signature)


Student’s Name_______________________________ Grade _______
Please rate your child, by marking an X in the appropriate box, based on the following scale:
1 = Not at all    2 = Sometimes      3 = Usually     4= Most often         5= Always


                         Behavior                             1       2        3        4       5
   Works well with others
   Communicates ideas clearly
   Willing to share ideas with others
   Follows directions precisely
   Follows through with assignments and tasks
   Arrives to class on time
   Arrives to class prepared
   Accepts and uses suggestions and corrections
   Demonstrates leadership abilities
   Uses time wisely
   Demonstrates perseverance
   Is creative

   Comments:




                               Due by Sept. 3rd to shwee@ksbe.edu
                                                             KES Robotics Application SY 2012-2013


                             Parent/ Guardian Agreement Form

If your child becomes a KES Robotics Team Member, the following agreements will apply:

I have read the description of the First Lego League Robotics Program and my child is interested
in being a part of the team. I agree that parent support of my child’s commitment and
responsibility is required. Therefore, I will be responsible for notifying any other afterschool
programs, if applicable, and handling transportation needs of my child on the afterschool
Robotics meeting days. I will make arrangements for my child to be picked up promptly after
meetings, and will be responsible for providing transportation to and from competition locations.

I agree that school requirements come first; therefore my child needs to perform adequate in all
schoolwork and demonstrate acceptable behavior, as determined by my child’s teachers and the
Robotics Team Coach, in order to be a member of the KES Robotics Team. Any unsatisfactory
work or unacceptable behavior will mean that my child can no longer participate in the
afterschool Robotics program.

I agree that parent assistance and involvement are required and will be instrumental to the
success of the team. I am willing to volunteer for the following (Please note that your volunteer
paperwork must be submitted to the Parent & Alumni Relations Office. Volunteer paperwork is
available on the PAR website: http://parents.ksbe.edu/parents/volunteering.php) Please prioritize
your volunteer services by numbering them 1- 4):

       ______Helping with weekly Robotics Team meetings

       ______Helping with registration at the robotics competition

       ______Helping with organization and clean- up at robotics competition

       ______Being a judge at the robotics competition



Student’s Name ______________________________ Grade ________


_______________________________________________________                   ______________
                 Parent/ Guardian Signature                                      Date
     (Typing in your name will serve as your electronic signature)




                               Due by Sept. 3rd to shwee@ksbe.edu
                                                              KES Robotics Application SY 2012-2013


                                    Robotics Essay Question

What interests, experiences, and skills do you have that would make you a committed and
valuable Robotics Team member? In other words, convince us why you should be chosen to be
a KES Robotics Team member.
The following is required when typing your essay.

      Double space
      Times New Roman, size 12 font
      Type your name and date in the top right corner
      Minimum 100 words
      No longer than one page length
(Disqualification of your application may occur as a result of not following the essay directions
stated above.)




                                Due by Sept. 3rd to shwee@ksbe.edu

								
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