Celebrating 20 Years of Robotics at SCH Academy

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.

20 Years At-A-Glance

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.

Robotics & Engineering Alumni College and Universities Poster


During the Robotics Celebration Reception, we honored a few of those who have had an impact on the SCH Engineering & Robotics program or the field of engineering & robotics.  

Recorded Speeches from the Celebration

Honoring Peter Randall '69

Honoring Rob Ervin H'08


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


Team 1218 alumni

SCH Academy's Upper School Robotics & Engineering Team reminisce

Deep Space

how team 1218 won the
2019 world championshiP

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