New Canaan Country School Earns Several Wins at ROBOnanza

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Chris Calderwood, a Country School fifth-grader, engineered his robot to navigate an obstacle course autonomously. He and his partner, Jack Johnson, placed second in this event.
Chris Calderwood, a Country School fifth-grader, engineered his robot to navigate an obstacle course autonomously. He and his partner, Jack Johnson, placed second in this event. Photo Credit: Courtesy The New Canaan Country School
Sixth-grade Country School student Sarah Gallagher programs her robot to “walk the plank” without falling off in a pirate-themed robotics competition. Teammates Jessica Cramer, Jack Ferm and Bo Zeigler lend support.
Sixth-grade Country School student Sarah Gallagher programs her robot to “walk the plank” without falling off in a pirate-themed robotics competition. Teammates Jessica Cramer, Jack Ferm and Bo Zeigler lend support. Photo Credit: Courtesy The New Canaan Country School
The New Canaan Country School robotics team, the CougarBots, took second place at the ROBOnanza competition.
The New Canaan Country School robotics team, the CougarBots, took second place at the ROBOnanza competition. Photo Credit: Courtesy The New Canaan Country School

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- The New Canaan Country School robotics team, the CougarBots, earned top marks at a recent multievent robotics competition. 

The CougarBots earned two first place wins, as well as a second place and a third place for the individual competitions at ROBOnanza at Greenwich Academy. Students Jack Ferm and Bo Zeigler won second place for total number of points in the overall competition.

ROBOnanza requires students to construct and operate robots using only LEGO parts and up to four motors. The event drew more than 60 students from schools as far as New Haven. 

Country School student Casey McCall took first place in the “Pirate’s Bounty” event and took third place in an event called “Walking the Plank." Chris Calderwood and Jack Johnson, and Bo Zeigler and Jack Ferm completed the “Buried Treasure” event, which required them to navigate their robots autonomously through an obstacle course. Only three teams in the entire competition were able to successfully score in the challenge, and the two Country School duos did so for first and second place.

“It’s a great opportunity to showcase their skills and express their creativity in a variety of unique ways,” said said faculty member Fraser Randolph.

Faculty members Bruce Lemoine and Randolph said they were proud of all 14 of their student CougarBots.

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