Gunston Robotics Places Sixth at Potomac FTC Qualifier

Gunston Robotics Places Sixth at Potomac FTC Qualifier
(from left) were Cy Johnston ’23, Celine Kumin ’25, Nevin Porter ’26, Justin McCubbin ’25,Damian Renè ’23, Autumn Watson ’23,

(from left) were Cy Johnston ’23, Celine Kumin ’25, Nevin Porter ’26, Justin McCubbin ’25,Damian Renè ’23, Autumn Watson ’23, Catherine Hansen ’23, Adit Gupta ’25, Trevor Janssen ’25, Dr. Ken Wilson (kneeling). Yining Wei ’23 (not pictured) also attended. 

On February 5, the Gunston Robotics team (Gunston Gearios) attended the Potomac FTC qualifier at Bullis School in Potomac, Md., an all-day competition in which they won four out of five qualifier matches and finished sixth overall out of 40 teams. “They were eliminated from competition during the semi-finals, but making it to that stage is an outstanding achievement for them,” said Dr. Ken Wilson.

Attending team members included Adit Gupta ’25 (tool organization, hardware), Celine Kumin ’25 (hardware, human player), Justin McCubbin ’25 (software), Trevor Janssen ’25 (hardware, robot driver) Yining Wei ’23 (scouting and stats), Autumn Watson ’23 (photography), Cy Johnston ’23 (hardware, arm and claw design, drive team captain), Catherine Hansen ’23 (graphic design, human player), Damian René (software leader, robot driver, team leader, and
Nevin Porter ’26 (hardware).

While this is the end of the competition season, it is not the end of the robotics teams activities. The Gearios will be participating in STEM outreach to local middle schools throughout the spring and will continue working to refine hardware and software in preparation for next year‘s competition.

“We are happy that we achieved what we hoped to during the competition, and improved or performance in every category compared to our earlier qualifier at McHenry,” said team leader Damian Renè ’23.

  • Potomac FTC Qualifier
  • Robotics
  • STEM