Ro­botic may­hem

Melville Times - - News - Aaron Cor­lett

Santa Maria Col­lege stu­dents have im­pressed the judges with their cir­cus-themed ro­bots at the RoboCup Ju­nior State Cham­pi­onships.

LEEMING Se­nior High School stu­dents learned about the chang­ing face of tech­nol­ogy as part of their Na­tional Sci­ence Week cel­e­bra­tions.

Vir­tual re­al­ity de­vices and 3D print­ing were among the demon­stra­tions that the stu­dents took part in as the school linked the week’s theme ‘Game Chang­ers and Change Mak­ers’.

School sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy academy co-or­di­na­tor Es­ther Janes said the dis­plays were put to­gether thanks to the teachers and based on lessons in classes.

“The kids were on a two­day ro­ta­tion through the dis­plays on Thurs­day and Fri­day,” she said.

“They looked at the ap­pli­ca­tions of vir­tual re­al­ity in terms of med­i­cal and min­ing, nan­otech­nol­ogy, 3D print­ing and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence tech­nol­ogy.

“We also took motivation from this year’s theme by look­ing at peo­ple like Elon Musk and his hy­per­loop pro­posal.

“I want the stu­dents to take away how sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy can have ben­e­fits.

“Lots of the jobs that these stu­dents will do haven’t been in­vented yet.”

The school of­ten goes to nearby schools to pass on sci­ence in­for­ma­tion but this year they had stu­dents from West Leeming and Leeming pri­mary schools visit to see the dis­plays.”

Dr Janes said the academy in­volved the stu­dents tak­ing an in­quiry-based ap­proach to their stud­ies.

“The kids are in­volved in co-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing trips to Scitech and trips to Can­berra. There was ac­tu­ally a trip to visit NASA last year,” she said.

Santa Maria Col­lege stu­dents Abbey Win­ship, Abby Young, Ni­amh Smithies, Clau­dia Cirocco and Lau­ren Win­ship with their ro­bots.

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