A ro­botic in­va­sion in Stan­thorpe

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS / WELCOME -

THERE was a ro­bot in­va­sion in Stan­thorpe be­fore Christ­mas, but the ro­bots came in peace.

Ex­cited stu­dents from around the Gran­ite Belt de­scended on Stan­thorpe State High School for the in­au­gu­ral Gran­ite Belt Sumo Ro­bot­ics Com­pe­ti­tion.

The com­pe­ti­tion in­volved stu­dents build­ing and pro­gram­ming Lego EV3 ro­bots to bat­tle against each other in a sumo style for­mat.

The win­ning ro­bot was re­quired to push, hit or bump the other ro­bot off a pur­pose built Do­hyo ring which was con­structed by the Gran­ite Belt and

Bor­der Col­lege of Trades.

The bouts hap­pened si­mul­ta­ne­ously and each of the 17 teams faced ev­ery other team once.

Green­lands State School was suc­cess­ful on the day with two of their teams win­ning first and third place.

Green­lands’ prin­ci­pal, Kyle Low said the de­gree of in­no­va­tion and team­work from all 17 teams was fan­tas­tic to see.

“The com­pe­ti­tion in­volved us­ing skills such as crit­i­cal think­ing, col­lab­o­ra­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion and to­day’s stu­dents will un­doubt­edly need these skills to suc­ceed into the fu­ture.”

The com­pe­ti­tion was sup­ported by the Dar­ling Downs South West STEM Hub who pro­vided a $1000 grant to run the com­pe­ti­tion. The fi­nal plac­ings were 1st - Team Wer­erab­bits Green­lands), 2nd Team Bob­cats (The Sum­mit), 3rd Team Hor­nets (Green­lands).

The com­pe­ti­tion in­volved us­ing skills such as crit­i­cal think­ing, col­lab­o­ra­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

— Kyle Low

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TECH FUN: Green­lands State School stu­dents.

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