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Glenelg HS Robotics Team Wins Prestigious 2021 FIRST Chesapeake Award

May 28th, 2021

The Glenelg High School robotics team recently won this year’s Chairman’s Award, the most prestigious award from FIRST Chesapeake.

FIRST, which stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” is an international robotics community that prepares young people for the future through inclusive, team-based robotics programming. The Chairman’s Award honors the team that best represents a model for others to emulate, embodies the mission of FIRST, and encourages more of today’s youth to become science and technology leaders.

The Glenelg robotics team discussed their wide range of activities over the past year, which helped them win this award: “Over the past year our team has helped out all over our community. At the start of the pandemic the team focused on making masks and printing out parts for face shields, and with the lockdown our team turned to virtual meetings to introduce new team members and bring back returning members.

“We also have been working on capturing our team’s history. The team also worked on empathy and took classes from FIRST on inclusion, equity, and diversity. At the same time the team branched out and created two new parts of our team, business and art. The art portion of the team created a storybook about robotics that are read in elementary schools during story time.”

The students on the award-winning Glenelg robotics team include:

The Glenelg robotics team was recognized for its award at the May 27, 2021 HCPSS Board of Education meeting.