SCHers competed in several academic tournaments this past weekend. The FIRST LEGO League teams, comprised of 5th and 6th graders, competed in the FIRST Mid-Atlantic Regional Qualifying Tournament hosted here at SCH; Model UN students competed in the SCH Model UN Conference (SCHMUNC); and eight Upper School students competed in the Math Olympiad at the George School.
In the FIRST LEGO League Challenge (FLL) teams of up to 10 students build and program a LEGO robot that navigates the missions of a robot game. As part of the challenge, teams also participate in and present a research project to identify and solve a relevant real-world problem. This year's challenge theme is “Masterpiece” which explores the technology that will improve an audience’s experience of a creative production. Two SCH teams were awarded first and second place in Core Values, which celebrates the teams that display extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit, know they can accomplish more together than they could as individuals, and show each other and other teams respect at all times. Congratulations to the Robo Masters made up of 6th graders Caroline Bloy, Logan Conix, Lily McGowan, Charlie Milgrim, James Owens, Christian Ryerson, and Yusuf Stockman who place first in this category as well as the Pink Panthers made up of 5th graders Joseph Dybas, Parker Grieve, Sophia Hammond, Maeve Harris, Audrey Lane, Wesley Miller, and Sophia Tamalo who placed second.
Run by our Model UN team leaders exclusively for SCH students, the SCHMUNC was also held at SCH this past weekend. Each group researched and prepared position papers about their country's stance and participated in diplomatic discussions and negotiations on how countries should respond to the rise of Artificial Intelligence, specifically looking at AI involvement in military affairs and the spread of misinformation through AI.
And eight students, who have been participating in weekly online math competitions during lunch since October, took part in the culminating Math Olympiad at the George School where they spent five hours toiling over problems together. Congratulations to Ward Dobeck, Arjun Goswami, David Xin, Stone Xin, Hudson Barry, Shaun Gupte, Nick Donato, and Aaron Jia for their hard work this semester.