Australian Team Emerges Top 3 at Vex IQ Robotics Competition, USA

adminSTEM Education, Vex IQ Robotics, Vex IQ Robotics Competition

Australian Team Emerges in Top 3 at Vex World Robotics Competition in Louisville, Kentucky

Melbourne, Australia – 26 April 2016 – Innovate Technology and Robotics Academy, Innovate Ahead Group Pty Ltd

Two students from Innovate Technology and Robotics Academy based in Melbourne, were in Louisville, Kentucky to represent Australia at the Vex Robotics World Championships 2016 over the last weekend from 20 April to 23 April 2016.

Innovate Academy students, Alex Konakov and Dhiluka Mapa from Balwyn High School and Glen Waverley Secondary College respectively aced the Vex IQ Robotics World Championships to emerge 3rd place in the World for the Vex IQ Teamwork Challenge Middle School which is the first for Australia to attain such an achievement.

The Vex Robotics Competition is the world’s largest robotics competition according to the Guinness Book of Records with more than 1,100 teams participating from many countries around the world.

Both students began their robotics journey more than two years ago at Mount View Primary School’s After School Robotics Academy, part of Innovate Technology and Robotics Academy’s school based STEM programs and went on to participate in various regional and national robotics tournaments, winning awards in these robotics tournaments for their primary school before qualifying to participate at the Vex Robotics World Championships in Louisville Kentucky.

Alex Konakov and Dhiluka Mapa of Team Robotic Boomerangs (10629E) are the first team in Australia to win a top award at the world’s largest robotics competition. They impressed judges, referees and spectators alike at the World Championships Vex IQ Bankshot Challenge with their impressive robot design which had a sophisticated intake system and firing mechanism which saw their team climb up the ranks with each game. The Vex IQ World Championships saw more than 200 teams participating to see who would emerge tops and be crowned World Champions.

The Bankshot game requires students to build a robot using the Vex IQ system to knock off balls, collect as many as possible and shoot them into a Scoring Zone or Goal and park their robots on a ramp, all within one minute.

“Sophisticated intake system”, “engineering marvel” and “flawless game strategy” were comments made by game officials and spectators when Team Robotic Boomerangs worked with alliance teams to clear up the field to score full points in many of the qualifying games and finally clinched their spot in the top 3 of the Vex IQ World Championships.

Innovate Technology and Robotics Academy aims to excite students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects by providing robotics and technology programs to government and independent schools from Foundation to 12 and conducts teacher professional development courses. Innovate Academy also aims to increase student’s creativity and innovation with its various robotics competitions through the year.

VEX Worlds 2016 – Our VEX IQ World Champions! No.3 in the world

adminEngineering mechanisms, Robotics Competitions, Vex IQ Robotics, Vex IQ Robotics Competition, Vex Robotics, Vex Robotics Competition Melbourne

Check out our Australian team doing Australia proud at the world's largest robotics competition!

 

The VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) has become the world's largest robotics competition!

The competition generates an enormous amount of dedication and passion towards robotics and STEM education. There were 1072 teams competing in the VRC in Louisville, Kentucky over the last weekend. What is even more exciting is that The Guinness Book of World Records has formally recognized that the VEX Robotics World Championships is the largest robotics competition in the World, ever! Take that!

Australians love their sports. Robotics is one of those intellectual sports which is growing in popularity and with Innovate Technology and Robotics Competitions, robotics is fast becoming an intellectual sport while promoting STEM education at the same time. There is no way teams can sit down during a robotics tournament!

If your school would like to part of this competition in Australia, please contact Gary – President of Innovate Technology & Robotics Competitions. We will help you get started for our season in 2016 / 2017.

Engineering Marvel, Elaborate Intake Systems, Perfect Rounds, Excellent Execution, Steady Moves, Clean Field Sweeps – Team Robotic Boomerangs, 10629E, Melbourne, Australia 2016.

3D Blocks for kids

adminGeneral, Holiday Programs in Melbourne, Kids engineering programs, STEAM Education, STEM Education

3D blocks have been used at Innovate Tech Camps Australia's programs for the past three seasons and they have been a hit. These 3D blocks are able to connect vertically and horizontally to create all sorts of creative models from animals to people to flowers, minecraft creeper, trucks, cars and more.

These blocks are so versatile, they intrigue the students who find them challenging and yet fun. 3D blocks gets students to think through how they connect from one block to another and develop their motor skills at the same time.

Come and join in our Smart Cubes and learn how these impressive STEM blocks connect together to create some really cool things.

Encouraging Innovation and Other Skills

adminGeneral, Robotics In The Classroom, STEAM Education, STEM Education

The technology classroom is all very exciting and there is so much talk about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and getting students interested in STEM subjects.

The STEM classroom is a place where students get to explore, create and learn new skills along the way. The STEM classroom does not just encourage and promote innovation and creativity but also communication, respect, teamwork, responsibility, working within given budgets and resources, all while achieving classroom goals.

It sounds easy but it is not. Working through differences in ideas, working with different characters etc, these are all challenging areas which are frequently faced in the STEM classroom.

Students have to face these challenges in their future working world so it is good to get used to it in the STEM classroom. The students who do well are often those whose interests are supported and encouraged by their parents.

Let us encourage our children to pursue their interests today and while doing so, give them the space to create, learn, make mistakes and fail, all while in the safe and encouraging STEM classroom.

STEM Programs in the Fall

adminCoding, Cubelets, General, Holiday Programs for Teens, Holiday Programs in Melbourne, STEAM Education, STEM Education, Technology programs for kids in Melbourne, Technology Programs for Teens

Autumn 2016 has some new modules available for the next holidays. What a great time we had at Tech Summer School. Check our Autumn selection.

STEM Programs in the Fall
Young Explorer (Grades 1 to 3)
Young Inventor (Grades 4 to 6)
Teen Innovator (Grades 7 and above)

Don't miss out!

STEM For Girls

adminGeneral, Holiday Programs in Melbourne, Kids engineering programs, littleBits Global Chapter Melbourne, Maker Days Melbourne, STEAM Education, STEM Education, Technology programs for kids in Melbourne

It has been a much mentioned topic, that robotics, coding, electronics and the works, are for boys. This is a common misconception and as a result, many girls have shied away from STEM subjects.

However, over the years, Innovate Technology and Robotics Academy and Innovate Tech Camps have seen more girls coming into our progams to "have a go", "try it out" or "let's see what happens" and they realize how much they can achieve and how much fun problem solving can be and many of them end up coming back to learn and discover more.

This is truly encouraging, especially since it is an uphill task to get girls doing STEM subjects. There is still a long road ahead in this mission of getting more girls into coding, robotics and more, but we will press on for you never know.

Especially in these days when there is so much cool technology around to entice everyone. How can we resist? 🙂

Check out our Maker Day and Tech Camp for Girls at the following links and get your girls into STEM and STEAM education:

I Can Create – Girls Tech Camp

Maker Days – STEM World of Dreams

 

Robotics Achievements at the Asia Pacific Robotics Championships

adminAsia Pacific Robotics Championships, General, Vex IQ Robotics, Vex IQ Robotics Competition, Vex Robotics, Vex Robotics Competition Melbourne

At the recently concluded Asia Pacific Robotics Championships, we were very proud to place Australian teams on the map for robotics. Not only did Australia have representation at the Asia Pacific Robotics Championships, but we are estatic to announce the following Australian team winners:

Team 7479 of Hillcrest Christian College won the Judges’ Award – Vex Robotics Competition

Team 10629A won the Inspire Award – Vex IQ Robotics Competition

Our very newly formed team who took part in the Brain Development System Championships won the Invent Award!

What a great conclusion to the year. It is our dream to have Australian teams participate in Asia Pacific and World Championships. We’ve done it in 2014, 2015 and will be doing it in 2016 – Vex Robotics World Championships, here we come!

A year of robotics, coding, electronics, STEM and STEAM

adminGeneral, Holiday Programs in Melbourne, Kids engineering programs, littleBits Global Chapter Melbourne, Maker Days Melbourne, Robotics Club Events, Robotics In The Classroom, Robotics Incursions, STEAM Education, STEM Education, Vex IQ Robotics, Vex IQ Robotics Competition, Vex Robotics Competition Melbourne

We, Team Innovate, would like to thank all our students, parents, primary and high schools under our programs and supporters for such an incredible year.

We’ve had 4 seasons of tech camps, weekly after school programs every term, launched Maker Days for kids, become the Official littleBits Melbourne Chapter, run 2 Vex IQ qualifier events, a Robo I Gather Challenge, a Vex Robotics Qualifier and finally the international Asia Pacific Robotics Championships and lots of scrimmages and other events in between.
All in all, we have now seen thousands of kids come into contact with STEM through our programs and events since we first started.

We congratulate our Australian teams for their great performance at the recent Asia Pacific Robotics Championships. Team 7479 of Hillcrest Christian College won the Judges’ Award, Team 10629A won the Inspire Award and our very newly formed team who took part in the Brain Development System Championships won the Invent Award! A great feat to win something at the Asia Pacific level since Australia has never participated at that level. Congratulations!

Thank you everyone for your support, encouraging words and for volunteering at our events. Another fantastic year has gone by and we look forward to meeting even more kids through our programs in 2016.

Till then, have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year 2016!

Sincerely,

Team Innovate

A New Robotics Academy

adminGeneral, Robotics, STEAM Education, STEM Education, Technology programs for kids in Melbourne, Technology Programs for Teens, Vex IQ Robotics, Vex Robotics

As of December 2015, Robotics Club Australia embraces a new era.

Robotics Club Australia is now known as Innovate Technology and Robotics Academy. Why the change, you may ask. That’s because we have outgrown being  a “club” over the years and are progressing into certifications and serious robotics competitions.

We are excited about what 2016 will bring. We have new courses coming up, certifications within the academy and more. We love our new logo and we will miss the great memories we had with our previous one.

Sayonara Robotics Club Australia. Thank you for the memories. We will move on to constantly Innovate Ahead from 2016 onwards!

Asia Pacific Robotics Championships at Melbourne Showgrounds

adminGeneral, Robotics Club Events, STEAM Education, STEM Education, Vex IQ Robotics, Vex IQ Robotics Competition, Vex Robotics, Vex Robotics Competition Melbourne

Just over the last week, we welcomed more than 200 robotics teams from countries in the Asia Pacific who flew into Melbourne for the Asia Pacific Robotics Championships at the Melbourne Showgrounds. It was truly an amazing experience to see more than 200 robots!

The first day saw teams check in, have their robots inspected and attempt their Robot Skills Challenge. On the second day, teams and event staff were busy with many rounds of qualifying games for Vex, Vex IQ, Humanoid and BDS systems challenges. Balls were flying everywhere and nets were filled to the brim in the exciting games.

The third day saw the semi-finals and finals for all the four competitions and winners were declared. Yes, the best of the best. An enjoyable 3 days of cultural exchanges between participating teams. Gifts were exchanged between teams and lots of photos were taken.

It was amazing to see many children involved in STEM, something which is still growing in Australia. It is our dream to see more children get involved in STEM related subjects over the next few years. Perhaps, this is a good start to many more to come!