Robots to the rescue
Robots to the rescue
The Primary and Secondary Robotics Club competed at the 2017 RoboCup State Competition at Curtin University on August 4 and 5.
Almost 70 robots battled it out across two days of competition at the RoboCup State Championships in the Secondary Rescue and Open Rescue divisions. A truly intense event where our teams learnt that ‘robots get stage fright too’. Our teams persevered with what can only be described as troublesome robots at times to qualify for the finals on the second day.
Simplex Nomina (Open Rescue), Fidebots and First Order (Secondary Rescue) progressed through three increasingly difficult rounds of intense competition. After some very tense waiting to see how other competitors faired with the challenging rescue courses, our Secondary teams secured a 4th and 5th place overall - missing out on a grand final showdown by 0.5 seconds! Our Open Rescue entry breezed in to the grand final and ultimately secured a bronze medal for the School and qualified for the National Championships in Brisbane later this year.
Two days of outstanding competition with healthy displays of perseverance and teamwork.
Together we are now planning our National RoboCup campaign!
Martin Dooling :: Co-ordinator Digital Learning
Primary doubled our contingent from last year with a team entered in the Dance section for the first time. We also had more girls than boys for the first time.
While none of our teams made it through to the finals, they all enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot about the competition and what is capable through build and programming. The mentorship from the high school students was also really important for our students. It was no surprise that the last run was our best run but on fading batteries we just fell short of achieving our goal. I am confident that we will continue to build on these numbers for 2018. Well done to all the team members for their hard work and dedication in the lead up to this event.
Benjamin Duff :: Deputy Head Primary and Primary Robotics Co-ordinator