School tops all others
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.