Summit robotics team earns spot in state competition

Summit students prepare for robotics competition

Students from The Summit Country Day School prepare their robot for a regional competition in January.

The Summit Country Day School’s Robotics Team qualified to compete in state competition in March. 

The team finished in first place as part of an alliance with a team from Loveland at the Cincinnati qualifying tournament for FIRST Tech Challenge which was held Jan. 26 at Walnut Hills High School. The state competition will be held at Loveland High School on Feb. 23.   

In advance of the competitions, students design, build, and program robots using Java so that they can be controlled by smartphones and tablets. Teams develop strategies for competing with other robots based on engineering principles. Winners receive awards for design, creative problem solving, collaboration and community outreach. 

“This is Summit’s first year competing in Robotics, so reaching this level this quickly is a great achievement,” says Mike Thomas, Upper School computer science teacher and moderator for the school’s Robotics Club. “The team has worked many nights and weekends since September on tasks such as designing, building, outreach and programming their robot in preparation for competition.” 

Team members include: freshmen Irene Calderon, Gus Nelson and Luis Valencia, Hyde Park; Jack Crane, Anderson Township; Andrew Drees, Loveland and Jimmy Fraley, Covington; sophomores Tianqi “Arthur” Li, Clifton, and sophomore Jacob Locke, Cold Spring, Ky.; junior Junbo “Tom” Li, Mason; and senior Neng “Ben” Chai, Hyde Park.