In the Summer of 2002, Director of Technology/ teacher Peter Randall had a school wiring project that offered a good paying summer job for students. He quickly realized that the kids didn't have the skills necessary to complete the task. This inspired him and fellow teacher, Rob Ervin, to find an after school activity to engage students in the pursuit of engineering and technology.
In the Fall of 2002, Randall and Ervin attended Ramp Riot, a FIRST Robotics off-season event at Wissahickon High School. Recognizing the value of the FIRST Robotics Competition program, they immediately went to the Head of School at Chestnut Hill Academy, Frank Steel with the pitch to start a team: Robotics will teach important skills and appeal to kids that may not be finding their niche in classical school offerings.
With bare bones financing and a hallway and janitors closet as their build/ storage location the initial team of six students set the 2003 Stack Attack challenge as their entry point into robotics.
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