School tops all oth­ers

Melville Times - - News -

A GROUP of Santa Maria Col­lege stu­dents showed they were not clown­ing around af­ter their cir­cus­themed per­for­mance won a robotics com­pe­ti­tion.

Year 8 stu­dents Abbey Young, Abbey Win­ship, Lau­ren Win­ship, Clau­dia Cirocco and Ni­amh Smithies took out first prize for their on­stage per­for­mance in the se­condary ex­pe­ri­enced divi­sion at the RoboCup Ju­nior State Cham­pi­onships at Curtin Uni­ver­sity from Au­gust 4 to 5.

The team cre­ated five ro­bots – a ring­mas­ter, clown, lion, trapeze artist and even a mon­key that went across a tightrope on a uni­cy­cle.

Ni­amh said they spent about six hours per week plan­ning, build­ing and pro­gram­ming the ro­bots.

“We also had to come up with the cos­tumes and a dance that the ro­bots could do,” she said.

“We de­cided on a cir­cus theme be­cause there is a range of mo­tions that the fig­ures and an­i­mals could do.

Year 6 stu­dents from Ar­dross Pri­mary School won the pri­mary res­cue divi­sion, while Year 7 Ap­ple­cross Se­nior High School stu­dents won the novice per­for­mance in the se­condary divi­sion.

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