Stu­dents ready for ro­bot wars

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A HEALTHY ri­valry is brew­ing ahead of the in­au­gu­ral Glad­stone Ro­bot­ics Com­pe­ti­tion to be held at Clinton State School on Fri­day.

Seventy-four stu­dents from nine Glad­stone re­gion pri­mary schools will com­pete in the ‘sumo’ style ro­bot­ics chal­lenge which pro­motes STEM (science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics) learn­ing.

Two teams, each with in­di­vid­u­ally de­signed, con­structed and au­tonomously pro­grammed Lego ro­bots, will go head-to-head in an oval-shaped ring aim­ing to knock each other out of the arena.

Points are awarded for each knock-out and when a ro­bot pushes a weighted ob­sta­cle out­side the ‘haz­ardous’ black lines that mark the arena bound­ary.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing stu­dents have spent sev­eral weeks de­sign­ing and cod­ing their ro­bots.

Clinton State School teacher Tracey Dun­nett said both stu­dents and teach­ers have ben­e­fited from the ro­bot con­struc­tion phase.

“We sur­veyed the teach­ers be­fore we did stu­dent train­ing to see how con­fi­dent they were us­ing tech­nol­ogy,” she said.

“At the end of the STEM project we’ll see whether they feel more con­fi­dent to go back and up­skill their teach­ers. I’ve learnt a lot from these kids.”

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LEARN­ING: Clinton State School Year 4 stu­dents Matthew McGre­gor, Ni­cholas Brooker and Joshua Bishop with their en­try in the in­au­gu­ral Glad­stone Ro­bot­ics Com­pe­ti­tion.

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