At the FIRST Mid-Atlantic Robotics District Championship at Lehigh University, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s robotics team received $5,000 from NASA to support the team’s attendance at the FIRST national championship.
The team received this grant for winning the Engineering Inspiration Award, which it won for the second time this year and was the only local team to be given this award.
The team received the Engineering Inspiration Award because of its commitment to inspiring others to respect science and technology. The team and the school host many FIRST events throughout the year from FLL (FIRST Lego League) to FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) and continue to stress the importance of STEM education.
Along with the team’s success, SCH junior Gib Randall was selected as a Dean’s List Finalist, which grants scholarships for college. The award is named for Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST who is an inventor, an entrepreneur and an advocate for science and technology.
The Dean’s List Award began in 2010 to celebrate outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary. In an effort to recognize the leadership and dedication of the FIRST most outstanding FRC students, the Kamen family sponsors this award for the selected top students. Students who earn FIRST Dean’s List Finalist status are great examples of student leaders who have led their teams and communities to increased awareness for FIRST and its mission, all the while achieving personal technical expertise and accomplishment.
The national championship will take place in St. Louis from April 22 to April 25.