Summit Robotics team completes successful season

Summit students demonstrate the abilities of the Robotics Club's robot.

Summit students Logan Miller, left, Jack Crane, middle, and Reagan Heard, right, demonstrate how the group’s robot handles one of the tasks it has to perform during competitions.

This year, The Summit Country Day School’s robotics team once again showed its mettle across the state. Summit garnered the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Gracious Professionalism Award, recognizing the team for its high-quality work, emphasis on the value of others and its respect of individuals and the robotics community. Their peers nominated them for the award.

This season, the team competed at tournaments in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Youngstown. The team, along with its alliance partners, finished with the second highest scores at the Cleveland and Youngstown tournaments. They also finished 8-8 in match play.

The team even received a grant from Procter & Gamble’s Center of Robotics.

Here are some more highlights from the season:

  • The team earned second place in the Think Award category. The award recognizes the team who best removes engineering obstacles by using creative means. To be considered, the team must document its design process and provide detailed descriptions of the underlying science and mathematical principles in an Engineering Notebook Journal.
  • FIRST also recognized Summit as an Ohio Showcase Team for its extensive community outreach through STEM and promoting the organization’s core values of innovation, discovery, inclusion and fun.
  • Sophomore Jack Crane, Mount Washington, was a semifinalist on the FIRST Dean’s List. Criteria for Dean’s List include the nominee’s overall contribution to their team, technical expertise and passion, entrepreneurship and creativity and the ability to motivate and lead their teammates.

Summit Robotics also partners with a local nonprofit, May We Help. The organization aims to design and create solutions for individuals with special needs so they can pursue their passions.

This year, the team created an automated Halloween costume for an individual in a wheelchair. The group’s next project is creating a golf putter that can be used at the wheelchair-accessible miniature golf course at Joe Nuxhall Miracle Field in Fairfield.