Robotics 20th anniversary
SCH Celebrated Our Robotics Program: 2003-2023
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy celebrated 20 years of robotics—building better students one robot at a time—on Thursday, September 21, 2023 through Upper School STEM panels, Robotics Open House, and a presentation of alumni and faculty awards. At the evening celebration, our community honored the incredible co-founders and leaders of the program, Peter Randall and Rob Ervin, who not only grew the Robotics and Engineering Department to involve more than 150 students a year, they also taught and mentored thousands of students who went on to top-notch engineering programs and careers.
As we look back on the incredible accomplishments of the past two decades, we are energized by the possibilities that lie ahead.
Team 1218 started in 2002 with two mentors with a robot in a closet. Since then its grown to 40 Upper School students who actively engaged themselves in FIRST and other STEM opportunities.
Recorded Speeches from the Celebration
Lifetime Achievement Awards:
Peter Randall '69 P'16 P'18
Rob Ervin H'08 P'10 P'13
Alumni Achievement Award:
Chelsey Roebuck '06
Charlie Frank '09
Service to Robotics Award:
Scott Rankin P'11, P'12, P'14
Special Contribution Award:
Jono Frank '69 P'98 P'00 P'09
Lisa Gemmill H'07 P'99
Dick Hayne P'08 P'11
Charles B. Landreth '66 P'95 P'96
James Martin '99
Ben Ng P'12
Donna Schapiro P'22
David Sheffield P'02 P'06
Please join us at the Robotics Celebration Reception
to honor our awardees.
STEM LEADERS SPEAK TO STUDENTS AS PART OF ROBOTICS ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Don’t compare yourself to other people; if you’re in a situation where you’re failing something, don’t let that discourage you from doing it. There are so many different paths.
Panelist Vanessa Chan (and SCH parent), chief commercialization officer for the Department of Energy, who also emceed the robotics event later that evening