Tech­nol­ogy comes alive

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

A ro­bot danc­ing to heavy metal mu­sic has won a group of Sa­muel Mars­den com­put­ing students a na­tional ro­bot bat­tle, but it was touch and go whether the ma­chine would get there in one piece.

Year 11 and 12 students Josh Prow, Adam Deery, Au­tumn Prow and Tim Clarke beat out dozens of other students to place first in the ‘‘ro­bot the­atre’’ cat­e­gory at Dunedin’s Robocup on Septem­ber 8.

Their ro­bot, made largely of Lego, rocked out with a drum kit, gui­tar and flash­ing lights to Linkin Park song No More Sor­row.

The team, who named them­selves Mars­den Park in trib­ute to the band, had a hard road get­ting to the com­pe­ti­tion at Forsythe-Barr Sta­dium.

They nearly for­got their ro­bot on the way to the air­port, and were dis­mayed to dis­cover it had been smashed to pieces on the bag­gage carousel.

‘‘By the time we got down it was in so many pieces.

‘‘We spent hours re­build­ing it,’’ Au­tumn said.

Quick re­pairs meant the ro­bot was fight­ing fit on stage.

The team’s win was a real boost and they are now plan­ning to re­build their ro­bot for the in­ter­na­tional Robocup in Hol­land next June.

Mars­den IT teacher Pravin Vaz says students start ro­bot­ics in year 8 classes, which are a great way to make tech­nol­ogy come alive. The school has a weekly ICT club at lunchtimes, where most ideas are born.

The school’s year 8 Robocup team, Bum­blebees 2 da Res­cue – Jack Eng­land, Ai­dan Fransen and Cameron Ab­bott – came sixth in their cat­e­gory.

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