Team Robotic Boomerangs wins top award!

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Part 2 of the 2017 Vex Robotics Competition Nationals was held in Melbourne. Our team decided to have a final chance at playing the In the Zone season as they enjoyed the preparation for the entire season and have bonded and developed strong friendships over their love for robotics.

Congratulations to our Team Robotic Boomerangs for their success at the Melbourne Vex Robotics Competition Nationals because they took away the top award!

Yes, Team 89999A won the Tournament Champions Award which is the top award of the Melbourne competition. Congratulations to the team for their hard work and overcoming all sorts of challenges through the season to produce such a great showing at the Nationals! We are beyond thrilled!


Team Robotic Boomerangs wins three awards at Vex Robotics Nationals

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The Vex Robotics Competition Nationals was held in two parts this year because the weather in Wangaratta was not ideal over the weekend of 2 December 2017. Part one of the Nationals was held in Wangaratta and Part 2 was held in Melbourne the following week.

Team Robotic Boomerangs 89999A worked hard all season for the In the Zone challenge and while they won some tournaments, others proved to be very valuable learning lessons on how to improve their game and overall ranking. The season itself proved to be challenging with members having their own tasks to do, school work to complete and various other activities. However each member did their best to contribute to the team and commit to practice sessions which finally paid off!

Team Robotic Boomerangs 89999A made their way to Wangaratta despite the inclement weather, to participate in the Nationals. After a long day of a couple of rounds of games, the team made it to the finals and finally walked away with not one but three awards!

Congratulations to Team Robotic Boomerangs for clinching the following awards:

Tournament Champion (in alliance)

Robot Skills Champion

Judges Award

We are incredibly proud of our team for their hard work, dedication and their core values which they displayed all season. This was totally unexpected but very much welcome and one of the great conclusions to 2017! Well done, everyone!


Team Robotic Boomerangs Claims Amaze Award

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Congratulations to our Team Robotic Boomerangs 89999A for their recent achievement at the Vex Robotics Tournament held at Scienceworks on Friday 17 November 2017.

It was truly an uphill battle to try and overcome the many games and especially since there were about 25 teams in all.

After some challenging but fun rounds, we are pleased that the team displayed such resilience and sportsmanship and emerged in 2nd place in the tournament. To top it off, they also won the Amaze Award! Well done team!

Now to focus on the Vex Robotics Nationals in Wangaratta next weekend - let's just give this final game for "In the Zone" our best!

Aeroplane Engineering – Junior Robotics

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The Junior Engineering Academy does a variety of projects through the year ranging from LEGO, Cubelets, littleBits electronics, Ozobots to coding. The exploration and fun continues and through the year at Innovate where Juniors learn the fundamentals of coding and robotics as part of the education pathway at Innovate. Start your child's STEAM education pathway in 2018 by enrolling into the Junior Engineering and Technology Academy at Innovate!

Robotics Project with Ozobots – Halloween 2017

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Check out Innovate's Robotic Systems Academy students Halloween 2017 project using the Ozobots and visual codes plus an element of spooky craft. Ah....the "art" in STEAM education. What fun!

The Benefits of a Robotics Education

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In a snippet, we explain why we think a robotics education rocks!

Robotics is a very specialized field of study which encompasses a lot of learning with hands on activities. It is fun, engaging, complex and tests our patience to its limits, all in one breath. It makes us learn how to communicate and collaborate with others, builds our problem-solving skills and helps us learn many new ways of doing things.

Most importantly, we develop an open mind – open to various possibilities and this makes us adaptable to different scenarios – for real, there is a lot of that in robotics! Above all, we become better people because we build up our resilience when faced with various scenarios.

Hey, you become a solution finder and you become undaunted by problems – how great is that and it all starts in the classroom by first yelling “My robot doesn’t work!!” Don’t be afraid to ask for help and then be sure to set yourself on the solution pathway to solving the problem.

Robotic Boomerangs Team 89999A

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Presenting Innovate Technology and Robotics Academy’s robotics team for 2017 – Robotic Boomerangs, Team 89999A.

Team 89999A members have participated in various robotics tournaments through the years and now in their teen years have decided to take their skills up further by participating in the Vex Robotics Competition “In the Zone” which is Season 2017 – 2018.

The team took the Tournament Champions title (in alliance) at the “In the Zone” Season Opener on Saturday 12 August 2017! This is a good start and we will continue to press on and do our best!

Robotic Boomerangs Claims Tournament Champions Title at Season Opener

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Last Saturday, 12 August 2017, Innovate’s Team Robotic Boomerangs 89999A went to Doreen for the Season Opener of the Vex Robotics Competition “In the Zone” season 2017 – 2018.

Our team had a great time, though it was a last minute dash to get everything ready but yes we did and yes we truly had fun! Watching other teams play and the interesting robots each team had, made it all the more eventful as our team played the best we could.

We learnt so much  during the Season Opener and each team mate had a nice drive up to Doreen, bright and early to start the day. Love our dedicated team members.

It was a challenging day but all in all, we put in our best and emerged Tournament Champions in alliance with 2 other school teams. More importantly, all students had a great day and now we have to keep working through the “In the Zone” season.

Congratulations to Robotic Boomerangs! Let’s move onwards to keep this season going well!

Aerial Robotics – The Force Up High

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Many of us love drones! Drones come in various shapes and sizes and really make for an exciting way to discover and be a part of aerial robotics.

Drones are nice to fly and they have a lot to offer but how many of us understand how they work, how to use them wisely and safely and where to fly them? Plus, deepen our understanding of aerodynamics and gravity, how they can be coded and more.

Aerial robotics is great for students to understand concepts behind drones rather than just become consumers of such advanced technology. There is so much to learn, understand and also take flight!

Innovate’s first Aerial Robotics (Drones) holiday module was a great success with students flying drones through obstacles which were challenging to navigate and flying drones through simulation scenarios!

Have you been on the ground long enough? It’s time to take your learning to greater heights with Aerial Robotics. Fly high this coming Spring 2017 by checking out our holiday programs.


The Four C’s of Education

adminDigital Literacy, Educational Robotics, Reflections, Robotics, Robotics In The Classroom, STEAM Education, STEM Education

According to ISTE, the four C’s of education are Communication, Critical Thinking, Collaboration and Creativity.

This is 2017 learning, where students will not just be passive consumers of technology but actually understand why and how things work and how to make effective use of technology and enhance one’s learning.

These four C’s are more apparent in the academy than mentioned. Not only are kids and teens delving into robotics, they are doing far more than just playing with or programming a robot. They are learning (without knowing they actually are) about communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity. By simply discussing ideas for their robotics projects or troubleshooting errors, they are working together with their team to find solutions to problems.

Thinking through the problems with a mindset geared towards a solution, collaborating with their team to ensure their robot works well and being creative with their solutions – makes a mind blowing experience (we don’t deny the tons of frustration involved, the communication malfunctions and series of little errors, of course!)

Yet, students tell of how much they are engaged in the classroom, their joys when they discover they could solve a problem, plus their frustrations when they could not and this makes for their reflective learning at Innovate Academy. We love the four C’s of education and continue to see them in the classrooms.

However, more than that, we also add on our core values such as patience, persistence and perseverance which students find essential in the 2017 classroom too (you need to have the three P’s too). They are never underrated.