Meet the Winners: Sam Raymond

July 31, 2017

Sam Raymond

Explore an alien world and solve the mystery of your missing crewmates in The Trappist Incident, an original side scrolling shooter game created by 14-year-old Sam Raymond of Midlothian, Virginia. Inspired by his love of Star Wars and Star Trek, Sam’s engaging storyline and exciting gameplay won him the Middle School Unity category of the 2017 National STEM Video Game Challenge.

“Once I realized that coding and designing games wasn’t some form of magic, I thought it would be cool to learn the process as a way to release my imagination,” says Sam. “Game design has taught me that going outside of my comfort zone can result in lots of fun and new experiences.” He encourages other aspiring developers to be patient with themselves, and to think creatively about overcoming inevitable obstacles. When he’s not designing, Sam enjoys playing video games, spending time with friends, folding origami, playing his ocarina (an ancient wind instrument, similar to a flute), and taking care of his dogs. After high school, he hopes to study medical sciences or become a programmer.


The Trappist Incident, by Sam Raymond. (Middle School Unity)

  • Mary Raymond

    This is incredible work! So grateful for this wonderful opportunity for our next generation. Proud of our son Sam, and ALL of the STEM contestants!
    Each and every one of them should be celebrated for their courage and dedication to create and design! Game on!

    • Derek Wasnock, Ed.D.

      This is fantastic! Congratulations Sam!

      • Mary Catherine Raymond

        Thank you! We’ve been so fortunate to be a part of RMS, and we greatly appreciate the vision of the school to encourage our children to discover their gifts and talents, academically and personally. Having dedicated teachers and guidance counselors who have invested in Sam’s education over the years has been a true blessing. Mildred Britt has truly been an incredible educator and mentor for Sam; I will personally be forever grateful to her for all that she has done to support Sam’s educational and personal growth during middle school. With much gratitude!

  • Mildred Britt

    Samuel you are so talented, and such an inspiration to young people who have dreams and goals. I’m so proud of you! Your hard work and dedication is exhibited in your National award winning Video Game. You ROCK!!! Congratulations to all winners!!

    Your very proud STEM /Technology teacher

    • Mary Catherine Raymond

      We are so very grateful for you! Your dedication, commitment, and expertise have truly been incredible blessings for Sam during his middle school years. He will treasure all of your encouragement and support moving forward; we can’t thank you enough for everything that you have done over the years!

  • Donna Campbell Wilson

    Way to go, Sam! This is a really amazing way to share your hidden talents! Robious Middle is very proud of you! Mrs. Wilson-librarian

    • Mary Catherine Raymond

      Mrs. Wilson, thank you for acknowledging this accomplishment! I’d like to thank you, and all of the staff at Robious Middle, for supporting me through the years. If there is anything I can ever do for the school and upcoming students, please let me know! I would love to come back and see everyone!

      -Sam Raymond

  • Derek Wasnock, Ed.D.

    Congratulations Sam! Great work!

    • Mary Catherine Raymond

      Dr. Wasnock, thank you so much for your acknowledgement! I am so honored to represent Robious Middle with this exciting STEM Challenge contest. I could not have come this far without the support of the school, and especially Dr. Britt! She was responsible for getting all of her classes involved in the challenge and she taught us all the principles of game design! Thank you again for acknowledging and I look forward to continuing my passion for designing games in the years ahead!

      -Sam Raymond