The Summit Country Day School’s robotics team will compete March 9 in the FIRST Tech Challenge Ohio Championship tournament in Troy.
Over the weekend, the team competed in a qualifying tournament at Miami University. In the FIRST Tech Challenge, teams design, build and program robots to compete in collaborative events.
At Miami University, the Summit team received the first place Connect Award. This award goes to the team that “most connects with their local science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) community." The winning team has actively sought out and recruited engineers and explored the opportunities available in engineering, science and technology. And the team has demonstrated it has a clear team plan and has identified steps to achieve their goals.
Summit’s robotics team also won third place in the Inspire Award. Winners in this category have shown respect and “gracious professionalism” to everyone they meet in competition. They also have submitted an engineering portfolio that shows the team understands the engineering design process.
“These students designed, built and programmed their robot and did much outreach to involve and excite others about STEM. They created an engineering portfolio detailing all their efforts so that anyone can know what their team has been doing,” said Ed Buyniski, Upper School STEM teacher and robotic club mentor. “They are an impressive group of students. I am very proud of them.”
Alex McDulin ’24 serves as captain of the team and Mason Moyle ’25 is co-captain. Other members include Cole Hiller ’24, Jue “Jack” Wang ’24, Johnathan Breazeale ’25, Gracie Sanders ’25, Joey DiPaola ’25, Coleton Chadwell ’26, Runako Muvirimi ’26, Meghana Curran ’26, Kat Shuey ’27, Sydney Franer ’27 and Yuhan Sue ’27.
The team also plans to compete in an Ohio State University Newark qualifier on Feb. 17.
Leading up to the Miami University competition, the team won first place for the Motivate Award in a qualifier at Walnut Hills High School on Jan. 27. Among the criteria for the award, the winning team had to have shown “gracious professionalism” to everyone they meet and been able to show how the individual contributions of each team member applied to their overall success.