Stu­dents set ro­bot chal­lenge

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Horsham West and Haven Pri­mary School will send a team from each cam­pus to a First Lego League robotics chal­lenge in Mel­bourne later this month.

Teams of up to 10 stu­dents from across the state will com­pete in the chal­lenge us­ing ro­bots they have con­structed.

Stu­dent Os­car Wat­son said the First Lego League pro­gram aimed to teach par­tic­i­pants about sci­ence and engi­neer­ing.

“This year’s theme is hy­dro­dy­nam­ics,” he said.

“This is our first year in robotics so we’re all learn­ing as we go.

“So far we’ve been learn­ing how to build and pro­gram Lego EV3 Mind­storms ro­bots.

“I’m en­joy­ing the pro­gram­ming, es­pe­cially when we get it right and it works.

“There’s a lot solv­ing in­volved.”

Os­car said his school won a Lego grant by cre­at­ing a one-minute Youtube clip.

“We were given a chal­lenge mat with tasks, First Lego League team reg­is­tra­tion and an EV3 Mind­storms kit, all worth about $1000,” he said.

“The chal­lenge mat has set tasks on it and each task that of prob­lem you com­plete gains your team points. There are some bar­ri­ers to avoid too, oth­er­wise you lose points.”

Os­car said he looked for­ward to com­pet­ing in Mel­bourne.

“Ev­ery team will have a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to how they go about com­plet­ing the tasks and ma­noeu­vre their ro­bot,” he said.

“Mrs Smith, Mr Parry and Mr Mcken­zie have done some work with us and we’ve also looked at Youtube for ideas.

“We’ve all got dif­fer­ent ar­eas that we’re good in and it helps to have a team that works well to­gether.”

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