The mission of the Team Comet Robotics Club (TCRC) is to empower all youth of the Marion area, starting with the 4th through 12th grades, to meet the challenges of today by inspiring them to become the leaders of tomorrow. Team Comet is dedicated to work in a partnership with students, families, and the community to prepare students to be life-long learners through the commitment of Team Comet to grow collaboratively as a professional learning community. Team Comet will foster a safe environment where all students will embrace science, technology, engineering and math to plant the seeds of personal growth, exhibit respect for self and others, collaborate as a team, and learn to be efficient problem solvers. Each of these core beliefs are staples of a successful leader.
The Team Comet Robotics Club was started in the summer of 2012 after a Vex Robotics Camp at Marion Technical College. The local schools of the area had not been able to get a full-time program started due to the current economic climate and budget cuts. Steve and Pam Sayre, parents and Elgin alumni, saw a need to give middle school students at Elgin Junior High School the opportunity to learn the life skills needed to compete in the world today. Through a personal donation of a robotics start kit and the procurement of a grant from Marion Technical College and Vex Robotics LLC, Team Comet was formed. Since that time TCRC has incorporated the 4th through 12th grades into its curriculum.
Our goal is to prepare all of the members to contribute, advance, and succeed in the 21st Century workforce, to be responsible hard working family and community members, and to embrace learning as a life-long process. We will strive not only to compete with the best in the World, but be the best in the World. Through hard work and a tireless dedication to excellence the sky is our only limit.
TCRC is one of the premiere Robotics Clubs in Marion County. We have placed Teams in the Vex World Championships, seven State of Ohio Qualifiers, multiple tournament championships, Excellence Awards, Design Awards, and $4,000 in scholarships from the OSU Marion.
TCRC is currently a non-school funded program that works out of the old Elgin High School. We practice after school grades 4 and 5 from 3:30 pm until 5 pm and grades 6 through 12 from 5 pm until 8 pm. Elementary students meet at the office and are walked over to the Robotics Room. Students are asked to bring a note letting the school know they are going to robotics practice. Robotics is a fun way for your child to hone problem solving skills and use the things they learn in the classroom in a practical environment that prepares them for later career choices. Any parent(s) who have a student interested in joining TCRC, may call Steve or Pam Sayre, Team Advisors, at (740) 751-9708 or (740) 751-7807 or Email us at StevenLSayre@aol.com.
Important Dates for 2015:
May 16th - Open House/Signups for next year
June 8th - 10th Vex Robotics Camp TRCC $30.00 per person
July 3rd - 4th TCRC Marion County Fair Demonstration Days on the Midway
July 29th - Aug. 1st - Ohio State Fair Demonstration Days