Recently students from Year 4-9 at Babinda P-12 State School
were invited to participate in a workshop to develop their technical robotic
programming abilities through the Queensland Society of Information Technology
Educator’s Robo Cup Competition. The
workshop provided a great opportunity for students to learn about teamwork
while creating and coding robotic technologies with their peers.
After the Workshop on Thursday and Friday students then travelled
on Saturday to Cairns School of Distance Education to compete with other
schools in the Cairns area. Primary
students Andom, Zac, Cody and Robert took part and won the “Rescue Challenge”
in their category. In this contest
students were challenged across a number of increasingly difficult stages to
design and code a robot to manoeuvre through a course under, over and around
obstacles to complete the rescue.
Secondary students Lulu, Casey, Lily and Levi’s challenge was called the
“RoboCup Dance”. In this contest
students coded their robot to stay on the dance floor and dance to the beat of
the music. The secondary team received
the encouragement award for their performance.
Both challenges required strong team work with the end
result being both very impressive for spectators and very rewarding for the
staff and students. Mr Thompson, Babinda
State School’s Principal, said that, “It’s fantastic to see students so engaged
in learning these type of 21st century skills and the parents and staff here are
so proud of the teams and their performances.”
Next term students the robotics
teams will compete in the Robot Grand Prix event which should be very exciting
and challenging too.