Shelton High School Robotics Team
Shelton High School Robotics Team
120 Meadow Street
Shelton CT 06484
Contact Information
Address Shelton High School Robotics Team
120 Meadow Street
Shelton, CT 06484-
Telephone (203) 922-3014 x1940
Fax 203-924-8236
E-mail jniski@sheltonpublicschools.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
The mission of Shelton High School Robotics Team is to promote life long learning for students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills through participating in FIRST competitions and inspiring team members to be better leaders by gaining creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration, gracious professionalism, community outreach, and buisness skills to help advance their educational careers, their team goals and the Shelton community.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2010
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director John Niski
Board Chair Mr John Niski
Board Chair Company Affiliation Shelton High School
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $30,000.00
Projected Expenses $30,000.00
Statements
Mission
The mission of Shelton High School Robotics Team is to promote life long learning for students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills through participating in FIRST competitions and inspiring team members to be better leaders by gaining creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration, gracious professionalism, community outreach, and buisness skills to help advance their educational careers, their team goals and the Shelton community.
Background
The Shelton High Robotics team is part of the FIRST Robotics program.
Started 16 years ago the Shelton High Robotics team has grown and achieved numerous presitigous awards.  Many of our mentors have been with the Shelton High Team for 16 years even though their children have graduated.  We have also mentored local teams and allowed them to share our mentors and use our facility for build purposes. One of these teams is located in Bridgeport, CT. Under our guidance they were able the Rookie All-Star Award in 2011 at the Hartford Regional.
Impact
2013 we were semi finalists at the Granite State Regonal in Hew Hampshire and won the GM Industrial Award for best designed robot.
 
Innovation Award - The Shelton High Robotics team has helped a local robotics team win the Innovation Award presented to them in June 2012.
 
Engineering Inspiration Award Winner - 2011
 
Connecticut Regional Chairman's Award winner 2012
 
Needs
Regional Entrance Fee- Each entrance fee is $5,000. Team 230 attends 2 regionals every year and hopes to enter the World Championship in ST. Louis
(Estimated Yearly Cost: $15,000)
 
Travel and Lodging
(Estimated Yearly Cost: $18,000)
 
Team Gear- shirts, uniforms, certificates, plaques, and awards
(Estimated Cost: $900)
 
Materials and Tools- With a new competition every year, a new robot must be created. We need to stay up to date on our parts, software, and raw materials if we wish to stay competitve in the fast paced community of FIRST Robotics.
(Estimated cost: $2,500-$3,000)
 
Food- for team work sessions
(Estimated Cost of $800)
CEO Statement
This FIRST Robotics team is not just another club, it is a family. You are supported by everyone and encouraged to be inventive when it comes to your outlook on a problem. The mentors that support this team can be anything from engineers, to programmers, to animators, to mechanics. They help us realize our dreams and become preprared for the real world. We are able to spread the messages of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to anyone who enters our work room. Once you've gotten bite by the Science Bug you never want to leave.
Board Chair Statement
One of the biggest challenges our team faces annually is maintaining and aquiring sponsorship. As our team participation expands, we need to continually support ourselves through sponsorship and fundraising. In order to attract sponsors, we do robot demonstrations as well as presentations on the FIRST robotics program. As a team, we raise money by selling FIRST lightbulbs and conducting home energy audits. This year, our team faced the additional challenge of time management, for example, we lost a week of build time as well as multible team members being unable to participate due to illness. During the last crutial weeks of build season, a snowstorm prevented us from working an entire week, resulting in many late nights for team members and mentors alike.
Building on the success of our prior years, we were fortunate enough to experience an influx of first year members. With new members there is an inherant learning curve and much of the build season was not only spent building the robot, but teaching these members the process of doing so. As experienced senior members graduate, younger team members need to be able to take on new challenges and responsibilities. Despite all of the challenges our team faced this year, we were successful at our first regional competition in Manchester, New Hampshire, the home of the FIRST organization. This was the first time we competed in Manchester, and although we were up against a lot of veteran teams, we placed third in the overall competition and made it to the semifinals. Our robot also won the General Moters Industrial Design award. Our team is looking forward to future success at the Connecticut state regional in Hartford with the hopes of qualifying to go to St. Louis for the World Championship.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Secondary Organization Category Science & Technology / Engineering & Technology
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Secondary & High Schools
Areas Served
Shelton
Shelton, Ct.
Bridgeport, Ct.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
President Keron Taylor, Shelton High School Teacher Mentor
Vice-President Richard Vogl, Senior Engineer Mentor
Treasurer John Niski, Shelton High School Robotics Advisor
Secretary Rose Stuart, Mentor
Consultant John Gomes, Engineer Mentor
Student Co-captian Sarah Stuart
Student Co-captian Tyler tallo
Engineer Mentor Paul Zito
Engineer Mentor Tom Misencik
Engineer Mentor Laura Spoldi
Engineer Mentor Steven Spoldi
Engineer Mentor Steven Kline
Engineer Mentor Ken Pontbriant
Programs
Description
expenses associated with the construction of robot & competition season
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Program Comments
CEO Comments
The challenges we face working with High School students and Technology are great.  They are exciting, because as adults we are always being challenged.  The opportunity that we provide for our students to work with Industry mentors and teachers is an incredible one.  Students interested in engineering and science receive direct instruction from practioners in industry.  This experience helps prepare them for the challenges of post secondary education or moving directly into the workforce.  Throughout our history we have helped many of our students go onto successful careers in science and technology related areas.
CEO/Executive Director
John Niski
Term Start Sept 1999
Email jniski@sheltonpublicschools.org
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 15
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Board Chair
Mr John Niski
Company Affiliation Shelton High School
Term July 1999 to June 2015
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Tom Miscencik precision circuit
Steven Spoldi sikorsky
Laura Spoldi technology service corp
Rose Stuart
Sarah Stuart
Rose Tallo
Tyler Tallo
Keron Taylor Shelton high School
Richard Vogl
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 4
Board Co-Chair
Mr Richard Vogl
Company Affiliation United Technologies
Term Sept 1999 to June 2015
Email rvogl@snet.net
Constituent Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Mr. Steve Spoldi Volunteer
Youth Board Members
Additional Boards: Youth Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Standing Committees
Education
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Laura Spoldi Volunteer
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Sept 01 2012
Fiscal Year End Aug 31 2013
Projected Revenue $30,000.00
Projected Expenses $30,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Robotics Tax exempt
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Address Shelton High School Robotics Team
120 Meadow Street
Shelton, CT 06484
Primary Phone 203 922-3014 1940
CEO/Executive Director John Niski
Board Chair Mr John Niski
Board Chair Company Affiliation Shelton High School

 

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