BCC Project Lead the Way students pose with their awards following the 2019 SumoBot competition. (Buckeye Career Center)

NEW PHILADELPHIA - Buckeye Career Center's Project Lead the Way students are celebrating after a strong showing in the 7th-annual SumoBot robotics competition.

The annual competition challenges students to design, build and program mini-robots and have them go head-to-head with other student-created bots to try to push them out of the SumoBot arena. This year's competition was held October 21st at Buckeye Career Center and featured 24 teams representing BCC, Dover, and Tuscarawas Valley.  At the end of the day, BCC students finished in first, second, and third-place and earned six of the top 10 spots.  BCC Project Lead the Way Instructor Ron Gauding says he's extremely proud of the time and effort his students put into the competition. The winners included: 

  • 1ST PLACE - Rayane Lane (Cosmetology/Tuscarawas Valley) and Aaron Miller (Computer Technology/New Philadelphia) - $100 cash prize and large trophy
  • 2ND PLACE -  Hayden Dixon (Project Lead the Way/Claymont) - $75 cash prize 
  • 3RD PLACE - Gage Petrie (Project Lead the Way/Strasburg) - $50 cash prize

About Project Lead the Way

Project Lead the Way as a two-year, career-technical program, is in its second year at Buckeye Career Center. BCC offers PLTW as elective courses, as well. Registration for PLTW and all other BCC high school programs for the 2020-21 school year opens November 14th.