Clash of the ro­bots a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Some of the re­gion’s bright­est young sparks went to Wick­ham last week­end to com­pete in the first Pil­bara RoboCup Ju­nior event.

Wick­ham Pri­mary School hosted the meet, where schools from the City of Kar­ratha and Town of Port Hed­land com­peted for tech supremacy with three types of ro­bot builds over sev­eral cat­e­gories.

Events in­cluded dance-offs in­cor­po­rat­ing ro­bots, maze run­ning, sumo wrestling and even a res­cue chal­lenge for the top-of-the-line EV3 ro­bots.

Pil­bara RoboCup Ju­nior event or­gan­iser Melissa Remiers said skills learnt in robotics had far-reach­ing ben­e­fits for stu­dents.

“The RoboCup Ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion en­com­passes not only en­gi­neer­ing and IT skills, but ex­tends right across the school cur­ricu­lum,” she said.

“It ad­dresses so­cial devel­op­ment by en­cour­ag­ing sports­man­ship, shar­ing, team work, un­der­stand­ing dif­fer­ences be­tween in­di­vid­u­als, co-op­er­a­tion and or­gan­i­sa­tional skills.” Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from WA Po­lice, Rio Tinto and Scitech judged the BeeBots, Edi­son ro­bots and EV3s.

This is the first year RoboCup Ju­nior WA has reached out be­yond Scitech and Curtin Sta­dium into re­gional WA.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Luca Duffield and Ruby Will­sher, both 7, with a Bee-Bot.

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