Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary donates $1,300 to help fund Code Crunchers trip to top competition

Members of the Solana Beach-based Code Crunchers robotics team: Annie Hargis, Brady Nicol, Tyler Costello, Trey Becker and Garrek Chan

Three members of the Solana Beach-based Code Crunchers 5-member robotics team recently made a presentation to Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary. Club members were so impressed and amazed by the middle school students’ talent, enthusiasm and professionalism that they contributed $1,300 to help fund the team’s April trip to their world championship competition.

DMSB Rotary’s founding president, Kevin Cahill, said “They did a superb job. It was as if they had given that presentation at least 50 times before.” In addition to robotics, the team is developing a prototype app that would allow people needing boxes for moving to new homes to be paired with those needing to get rid of their moving boxes. They estimated that this could save up to 75 percent of the moving boxes that go into landfills.

The Code Crunchers are a FIRST LEGO League Robotics Team, an extracurricular activity that consists of four parts: robot design, robot performance, core values, and a project that addresses a world problem. The team won 1st place at the LEGOLAND Southern California Championship Tournament last December and will represent Southern California at the FIRST LEGO League World Festival competition in St. Louis. FIRST is a 501(c)(3) public charity that encourages education in science, technology, engineering and math. (See

Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary is a leadership organization of local business, professional and volunteer leaders who join together to share ideas and take action to bring positive, lasting change to individuals, our communities, and communities around the world. (See