Ciravolo Wins Robotics Finalist Award

Thomas Ciravolo, right in photo, shown with Robotics Advisor Mr. Jaime Rogers at this year’s St. Baldricks event.
Thomas Ciravolo, right in photo, shown with Robotics Advisor Mr. Jaime Rogers at this year’s St. Baldricks event.

At this past weekend’s Regional FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), held at Hofstra University, Walt Whitman senior Thomas Ciravolo won the coveted FIRST Dean's List Finalist Award. This awards celebrates Thomas’s outstanding student leadership qualities as well as his passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals. Thomas secured funding from Underwriter's Laboratories, County Line Hardware, Sign A Rama, Dr. Howard Schnieder PC, Chelsea Home Remodeling, Town Drugs, The Ciravolo family, NYS Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, and US Rep Steve Israel to assist in the costs associated with building and competing in this robotics competition.

Dubbed a varsity Sport for the Mind, FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real world” engineering as a student can get. Professional Mentors volunteer their time and talents to guide each team.

FRC’s mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

Congratulations Thomas, his Robocat teammates, his club advisors Mr. Jaime Rogers and Mr. Joseph Sparaco, and especially his family for giving him the support and encouragement that helps create the leaders of tomorrow. Thomas now heads to the international competition level beginning April 23rd in St. Louis, Missouri.