IN­SIDE TO­DAY

Young kids bring­ing big ideas

The Observer - - NEWS - FULL STORY PAGE 12

STU­DENTS from Cal­liope State School are cel­e­brat­ing a great suc­cess at the First LEGO League State fi­nals held in Bris­bane last month.

The team which re­ceived the 2018 Queens­land State Tour­na­ment Re­search Award in­cluded Year 4 stu­dents Luca Pizzy and Ash­ton Lit­tle, Year 5 stu­dents Ge­or­gia Dahtler, Ge­or­gia McCready, So­phie Binns, Amy Teather, Jes­sica Chap­man and Year 6 stu­dents Tiana Hart, Chayce Ind and Toby Burge.

STU­DENTS from Cal­liope State School are cel­e­brat­ing suc­cess at the First LEGO League State fi­nals held in Bris­bane last month.

The team, which re­ceived the 2018 Queens­land State Tour­na­ment Re­search Award, in­cluded Year 4 stu­dents Luca Pizzy and Ash­ton Lit­tle, Year 5 stu­dents Ge­or­gia Dahtler, Ge­or­gia McCready, So­phie Binns, Amy Teather and Year 6 stu­dents Jes­sica Chap­man, Tiana Hart, Chayce Ind and Toby Burge.

Cal­liope State School ro­bot­ics coach Sheree Mas­tromonaco said this year’s chal­lenge ‘Into Or­bit’ saw stu­dents fo­cussed on weather satel­lite is­sues and the “ef­fect of ra­di­a­tion on satel­lite im­agery”.

She said the group had ex­pert help from the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy Space and Weather Team, The Univer­sity of Queens­land, the Aus­tralian Space Agency and Ce­ment Aus­tralia elec­tri­cians.

“They needed to talk to ex­perts to get an idea about who works with satel­lites, what they do and what prob­lems they face,” Mrs Mas­tromonaco said.

“They de­cided to de­sign a shield for a satel­lite cam­era and worked closely with process tech­ni­cians ... to get feed­back and im­prove.”

The team pre­sented its work to com­pe­ti­tion judges and also de­signed and pro­gramed a ro­bot.

“The stu­dents have shown cre­ativ­ity, per­se­ver­ance and quick think­ing un­der pres­sure,” Mrs Mas­tromonaco said.

She said she was im­pressed with how com­mit­ted they were to ap­ply­ing them­selves.

“The ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge gained from the in­volve­ment in the com­pe­ti­tion has been unique and has far ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tions,” Mrs Mas­tromonaco said.

“The real win is the ex­pe­ri­ence that the stu­dents have had but bring­ing the tro­phy back from the city is an in­cred­i­ble re­ward for the chil­dren’s hard work and ded­i­ca­tion.

“They were over the moon. They couldn’t wait to tell ev­ery­one back home.”

School teacher Re­becca Wriede also coached the team.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

LEGO LEAGUE: (Back row) Chayce Ind, Luca Pizzy, Ash­ton Lit­tle, Ge­or­gia McCready and Toby Burge. (Front row) So­phie Binns, Jes­sica Chap­man, Ge­or­gia Dahtler and Tiana Hart.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.