Building an Excellence Machine

The sixth grade FLL team isn’t hard to spot, even without the traffic-cone hats. They’ve got the skills, machines, and trophies that mark them as part of Country Day’s fledgling — and thriving — Robotics program.

Assistant Head of School Todd Trout took the stage to congratulate the sixth grade FLL (First LEGO League) squad for their second place finish at the Pennsylvania State Championships last month. The result earned the team a berth in the Razorback Invitational May 16-18 in Fayetteville, Ark., where they will compete against 80 other teams from around the world.

 

Building an Excellence Machine
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“Within a short time we’ve established a tradition of excellence, and that’s something to truly be proud of,” Trout said, and the assembled Middle Schoolers roared their approval.

The Upper Schoolers compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), a competition in which teams build and program a robot to complete specific tasks on a common course. Every team starts with the same parts and has to write the robot’s code in the same programming language, but other than that, each group designs a unique robot they hope will be the most capable on the course.

This year, the Upper School FTC team has earned a first place Programming Award, a first place Outreach Award, two third place Champions Awards, as well as a spot in the Pennsylvania State Championships in March.

Stay tuned for excellence updates.

Bee Buzz

Carrington Bernabei ’24 won the Middle School Spelling Bee by correctly spelling “guanine” for the win over second place finisher Alyssa Lee ’25, who stumbled over “hokum.” Bee impresario Phil Lisi presented Carrington with the traditional big stuffed bee, “Bee-a-trice,” while Alyssa inaugurated a new trophy tradition by taking home the Spelling Bee Fox.

Carrington and Alyssa advance to the semifinals of the 62th LNP Spelling Bee, working toward a spot in the 92th Scripps National Spelling Bee in May in Washington, D.C.

In other bee news, sixth grader Sophia Babar took top prize in the Middle School Geography Bee. She advances to the next round of the National Geographic Geography Bee, where she and fellow winners across the country will take a written state-level test before advancing to the May finals in Washington, D.C.