Medal Haul for College Robotics team!

July 28, 2014 at 2:36 PM

The Old Collegians Sports Centre was a hive of activity over the weekend as 52 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.

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 coming first, second and third in both the Senior Soccer and Senior Rescue categories, and first and third in the Junior Rescue and Premier Rescue categories.

The Robotics Club at the College has flourished in the last two years, engaging participants from Years 7 to 13. This is largely due to the efforts and dedication of staff, Mr Richard Hart and Ms Cristina Triantafilo. Saint Kentigern continues to be pleased to work closely with education partner, Toshiba who supports this unique event that excites and motivates students.

The first place winners now have the chance to compete against the winners of all regions at the Nationals in Dunedin on Saturday 13 September. We wish them all the very best!

Senior Soccer:
1st Place: Alex Smith, William Ning, Oscar Sims
2nd Place: Jed Robertson, Ryan Stickland
3rd Place:  Alexander Maehl, Nikolai Siimes

Junior Rescue:
1st Place: Andrew Chen
3rd Place: Sebastian Price, Alex Lombard

Senior Rescue:
1st Place: Nicholas Scott, Desmond Yong, Daniel Mar
2nd Place: Callum Lee, Andrew Chen
3rd Place: Gareth Lacey

Premier Rescue:
1st Place: Max Ballard, Alex Monk, Connor Mattson
3rd Place: Norman Dines, Tom Pennycuick 

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