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