The SGS FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics teams have been hard at work building their robots in preparation for their first competition, which will be hosted by SGS on Saturday, Nov. 20. See a Photo Gallery of the teams hard at work. They are mentored by seniors Ethan Wu, Finley Wolff and Chase Foster and sophomores Mason Foster and Austin Julsen. Team members also include seniors Alyssa Zhao and Nathan Huang, junior Travis Morris, sophomores Steel Lindauer and Bentley English, freshmen Simon Feist, Isaac Kos, Oliver Ling and Bryson Hill, 8th Grader Pierce English, and 7th Graders Kaden Henderson, Thatcher Canady, and Adrain Rooney. A special thank you to our Faculty Advisor Judi Morgan and retired Physics teacher Rick DeFord for stepping in and making this season happen. Go Dragons!
Chess Club has been free during October, so now is the time to sign up if your student wants to continue in Chess Club for the whole season. You will find this Chess Club Sign-up Form now open on Power School. It will close on November 1 at 11:59pm. A reminder that there is a $200 fee for the entire season of chess, which ends in late April. Details about the club are on the Chess Flyer that has been posted on Rick’s PSL page.
The SGS FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robots competed in a multi-round event on April 20. See videos of Team #7935 and Team #6128 in action that day in the Upper School Courtyard. These were rounds where the first 30 seconds was in autonomous mode (pre-programmed) and the remaining 2 minutes was controlled by a pair of students.
This year’s FIRST Lego League Robotics was a little different due to Covid restrictions. The team of 6th and 7th graders uploaded videos of their robot performing game missions and then met with the judges virtually on Saturday, April 3. "I am very proud of what Team 40706 accomplished this season despite the restrictions in place," says advisor Michelle Bledsoe. The Project Team (Riley, Thatcher & Delaney) came up with a solution to this year’s challenge (“How and where can we help people be more active?”) by researching and designing a prototype for a new kind of knee brace to help those with knee injuries stay active. The Engineering Team (Adrian, Preston, Hadley, Lindsey and Max) successfully completed four missions within the 2.5 minutes allowed for the game, ending with a final score of 175. Here is a Video of some of their robot's missions, as well as a Photo Gallery of the teammates with their Lego creations. Good job, Golden Dragons!
Congratulations to SGS Debaters Gabi Cunningham (senior) and Tariq Ravasia (junior). Over the last two weekends, Gabi and Tariq reached the Sweet Sixteen not once, but twice, at national circuit tournaments. The Grapevine Tournament (Texas) and the Jack Howe Tournament (California) both draw hundreds of policy teams from a national pool of talent. Competing virtually, Gabi and Tariq beat out contenders from all across the nation to reach the octafinals at both events. Go Dragons!