Another Successful Year for Robotics

August 14, 2017 at 12:04 PM

The Old Collegians Sports Centre was a hive of activity over the weekend as dozens of Robotics teams from around the region gathered to compete in this year’s Auckland Regional Robocup Challenge. The competition involved quickly programming robots to navigate different challenges or, in the case of the soccer section, to play against an opposing team to kick an infrared transmitting ball into a designated goal! There is also a section for theatrical roboting!

Students who undertake robotics are challenged to be creative in their design of programs and to develop excellent problem solving skills. The competition encompasses not only engineering and IT skills but also encourages sportsmanship, the sharing of ideas and teamwork. 

This year, Saint Kentigern was represented by teams from both the College and the Boys’ School who put their robots through their paces resulting in a very respectable medal haul! The outstanding performance of the day was a win in the popular Premier Rescue division by the team comprising of Joseph Chan, Xavier Yin and Owen Chen.

The Robotics Club at the College has flourished over the last five years, engaging participants from Years 7 to 13, with interested students joining in the lunchtime sessions. At the Boys’ School, Robotics is taught as part of the Technology curriculum to students in Years 6-8, capturing the imagination of the boys.

The first place winners now have the chance to compete against the winners of all regions at the Nationals being held in Dunedin next month. We wish them all the very best!


Premier Rescue:
1st Joseph Chan, Xavier Yin, Owen Chen

Junior Rescue:
2nd Jonathan Chan, Rohan Cilluvuri
3rd Jacob Attwood, Ethan Fung, Elijah Wong

Senior Football:
1st Ethan Ivanier and Geoffrey


Robocup Junior Soccer:
3rd Devon Banks, Charlie Thomas, Matt Parkinson, Will Tisdall

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