I wanted to thank The Enterprise for being so generous with coverage of the Citrus Circuit robotics team over the past couple of years. Of course, it shouldn’t have been difficult to front-page the story, since it is big, good news!
The team finished nationally in the top four of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics competitions under the direction of Steve Harvey, a hometown high school teacher and, in my humble opinion, local hero!
Steve started planning these projects years ago, even before they turned into the FIRST competitions. As any good coach would, he tried to muster support at the schools under whose auspices he developed the activities. When those efforts went underfunded, he turned to fundraising. To their credit, program parents and local businesses stepped up to support interested students. Many volunteers and mentors have devoted hours to helping Steve and the team.
I truly believe that experience is the best teacher, as this robotics program has proven. As a facilitator, Steve just laid the groundwork without regard to obstacles, and let student experience do the talking.
Let’s give Steve a warm, traditional round of “Hip, hip, hooray” for his vision, his fortitude and his steady guiding hand to thank him for a good job, well done. He richly deserves it. If you wonder about that yourself, I suggest you talk to any of the students he’s mentored: I suspect they agree with me.
My heartfelt congratulations and sincere thanks to an individual for making a huge difference.