Robotics Team Wins Think Award

The 14-man Upper School robotics team was hard at work throughout this school year preparing for the TN FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship at Middle Tennessee State University February 18. After going 5-0 in qualifier matches and competing in the semifinals, they won the Think Award, given to the team that best reflects their journey through the engineering design process.
The team submitted a 34-page portfolio meticulously detailing their trial-and-error efforts during after-school work from September to February as they designed, built, programmed, and tested their robot in preparation for the competition. 

“It is by far the most well-documented notebook we have ever submitted,” said Mr. Lee Loden, Science Department chair and team advisor.  

Team members were builders Qasim Akbar ’24, Patrick Burke ’25, Alan Cheng ’25, Ahad Farooq ’23, Joel Lim ’24, Joey Paul ’25, Marley White ’24; programmers Ethan Friday ’25, Oscar Liu ’25, Mohid Saeed ’23; loggers Joephen Chen ’25, Antonio Leite ’24; engineer Logan McCandless ’24; and driver Alyaan Salman ’23.

FIRST Tech Challenge teams design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team. See more about the competition HERE and our photo album HERE.