Robotics Club Members Continue to EXCEL with the Guidance of their Stellar Advisers!
|Mr. B. Grilk||
The core mission of the robotics team is to develop highly motivated students to pursue fields in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. We also place the students in rigorous college-bound programs.
Our team philosophy of having parents involved and students held accountable has been a proven formula for the last 10 years of the robotics team.
The JFK Robotics/College Prep Team is lead by Science Teacher Mr. Brian Grilk and Math Teacher Mrs. Julie Vysotsky. Supporting the college preparation portion is Coordinator Mr. Gilman Choudhury. The program strives for it's students to gain skills that will lead them to success. Students receive foundational experiences in the fields of robotics and science. From learning how to be effective team players to building capacity, students in the program are given layers of support to reach their goals. Students will be exposed to volunteering, community services, enrichments, and social-emotional building. The program is held at room 315 and open to all students who meet the academic requirement.
Robotics Location and Times
Room: 315 located on the third floor, in the middle corridor
Time: Wednesday and Fridays from 3:10pm to 6:00pm
Robotics Team Quotes
"There is nothing impossible to him who will try" -Alexander the Great
"A leader leads by example, not by force" -Sun Tzu
"People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void, it is bewilderment -Miyamoto Musashi
Robotics Team Membership Membership
Being a member of the robotics team is an intense, yet a rewarding experience. To join, one must have a GPA of 3.5; have a desire to go to college, be motivated and most of all respectful to teachers and fellow students.
Robotics Team Work Ethic
(Required For All Members)
- College Credit Classes
All robotics members are required to have at least 6 college credits by 11th grade and are allowed to acquire up to 30 college credits before graduating from High School. Students have the opportunity to take college credit by registering for Passaic County Community College Courses ,at no cost to the student.
In order for them to take the classes, they must have a GPA of 3.7 or above, get approval by Mr. Choudhury, and pass the college exam test. Additionally,, they must meet all requirements from the school in order to take college level classes.
- Passaic County Community College After-School Program
The After-School Program at PCCC is a free educational workshops for high school students hoping to pursue STEM fields. The After-School program is held at PCCC and can be anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks of hands on training in the STEM fields. After-School Programs, award check payments for successful conclusion, and more importantly give you certificates stating a completion of the workshop that can be used for a college application resume.
- National History Day
National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students.
Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, web sites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park.
- 40 Hours of Volunteering
The nonprofit sector cannot take the place of government programs, nor can it single-handedly cure the ills and disparities of society. But each of us can make a difference in a small way, in our own sphere, and can find ways to help that will make our efforts worth the time and trouble we invest in them.
Some of the best reasons to give are the ones you may not have considered, the ones that make it worth your while to go that extra step. People who have spent time volunteering for a cause report that they receive satisfaction and joy. What you get back is immeasurable.
All robotics members must have done 40 hours of volunteering before they leave High School. Mr. Choudhury who teaches GED at a local non-profit will take around 2 to 3 students with him to teach or work in the soup kitchen for 5 hours on Saturday’s in order to fill the students' time sheet.