Fantastic Medal Haul for Robotics Teams!

August 03, 2015 at 2:35 PM

The Old Collegians Sports Centre was a hive of activity over the weekend as 61 Robotics teams from around the region gathered to compete in this year’s Robocup Challenge. The competition involved quickly programming robots to navigate different challenges with marked paths and a variety of tasks to perform, or in the case of the soccer section, to play against an opposing team to kick an infrared transmitting ball into a designated goal! This year 18 teams from the College and 4 from the Boys’ School put their robots through their paces.

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.  We were delighted that our College teams claimed a significant number of awards on the day; of particular note a trifecta in the Premier Rescue category and first places in three other categories. Entering for the first time, the Boys’ School were also pleased to be placed third in the Junior Soccer section.

The Robotics Club at the College has flourished in the last three years, engaging participants from Years 7 to 13 with growing numbers 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 from the College now have the chance to compete against the winners of all regions at the Nationals in Christchurch during September. We wish them all the very best!


College Teams
Premier Rescue:
1st Place: Daniel Mar, Andrew Chen, Callum Lee and Nick Scott (Year 10)
2nd Place: Connor Mattson and Alex Monk (Year 12)
3rd Place: Tom Pennycuick, Norman Dines and Techin Jitatisil (Year 11)

Senior Rescue:
1st Place: Samuel Yeung (Year 10) 

Junior Rescue:
1st Place: Christopher Dirks (Year 8)
2nd Place: Samuel Ou and Cameron Signal (Year 8)

Senior Soccer:
1st Place: Ryan Stickland and Alexander Maehl (Year 13)
3rd Place: Deborah Cheng and Daniel Ng (Year 13) 

Boys’ School Team
Junior Soccer 
3rd Place: Ethan Ivanier, Marcus Findlow, James Pilcher, Quinn Thompson (Year 7 )

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