School looks to fu­ture as RoboCup host

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The Pil­bara will be­come the first re­gional WA lo­ca­tion to host a na­tional ro­bot­ics education tour­na­ment this year af­ter a lo­cal school expo at­tracted or­gan­iser in­ter­est.

Wick­ham Pri­mary School’s in­au­gu­ral RoboExpo last year, which in­cluded in­volve­ment from Kar­ratha and Tam­brey pri­mary schools, proved a hit with lo­cal chil­dren and com­mu­nity mem­bers, prompt­ing or­gan­is­ers of ma­jor tour­na­ment RoboCup Ju­nior to in­vite it to host a re­gional event.

Wick­ham Pri­mary School deputy prin­ci­pal and STEM co­or­di­na­tor Melissa Reimers said it was an ex­cit­ing step for the school, which is part of the Mit­sui Iron Ore-spon­sored In­ten­sive Ro­bot­ics Pro­gram and has com­peted in the Perth RoboCup Ju­nior tour­na­ment, to help fur­ther pro­mote ro­bot­ics in the Pil­bara.

“Our school has put a lot of ef­fort into our ro­bot­ics pro­gram, and we had such great fun with it at RoboExpo last year, so we were pleased that Scitech and RoboCup Ju­nior have de­cided to get on board and make it a re­gional com­pe­ti­tion,” she said. Pil­bara RoboCup Ju­nior will con­sist of three pro­gram­ming cat­e­gories — dance, res­cue and soc­cer.

Pil­bara RoboCup Ju­nior will be held at Wick­ham Pri­mary School on June 17.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Ms Reimers on melissa. reimers@education.wa.gov.au.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Last year’s Wick­ham Pri­mary School RoboExpo or­gan­is­ers Brett Mar­shall and Melissa Reimers with mas­cot Bay­max and stu­dents, back, Taya Wil­lock, 9, and Isla McMullen, 9, and front, Jas­mine Lewis, 7, Tessa Groth, 7, and Jayda Wil­lock, 7.

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