Vex Robotics Competition Team 2018

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Presenting our new Vex Robotics Team for the 2018 competition season – Turning Point.

It’s just the start of the new season and we are excited to try our hand at the new robotics game and learn new skills along the way.Lately, we have been very busy at work, thinking about how best to play the new game and putting our robot together.

Fingers crossed – Turning Point, here we go!

Game Development Academy – Programs for Kids in Grades 3 to 6

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Is your child a coder? Interested in making things work, problem solving and learning new technology languages? Is game making their thing? There is so much your child can learn about game making through our Game Development Academy.

If your child is in Grades 3 to 6, interested in coding and game making, then make this academy work for him or her, to learn a new skill or take those skills to a higher level. Innovate Academy’s Game Development program not only uses the MIT Scratch program but a variety of different game design and development tools which help primary school students prepare for high school where some of these tools are used in secondary school classrooms.

Plus, your child will develop strong problem solving skills and a problem solving mindset towards challenging situations, a trait which is highly sought after in the working world!

Prepare for your secondary STEM education today by having a headstart in coding!

When Robots Tell The Story – Junior Robotics

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One of the ways of teaching robotics in the classroom is to make robots tell the story. The Ozobot is one such engaging robot with a whole dose of fun in our STEAM classrooms.

Using visual code, the Ozobots can carry out specific tasks such moving faster, slowing down, line jump, u-turn and more all while telling a story (eg. Ozobot starts to slow down (snail dose code) when approaching the haunted house and runs away quickly (nitro boost code) when followed by a ghost!

Our Junior students have loved the Ozobot and the number of activities we have done over the past two terms especially when telling a story, because in a story, those visual codes become more powerfully etched in their memory, along with their growing knowledge of Ozobot.

Subtractive Manufacturing for Students

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At Innovate Tech Camps Australia, we have been running many 3D design and printing holiday workshops for kids and teens over 3 years. This year, we are pleased to introduce our students to a new module which is Subtractive Manufacturing.

Students will venture into Subtractive Manufacturing which involves design and manufacturing! Subtractive manufacturing is a process by which 3D objects are constructed by successively cutting material away from a solid block of material. Yes, design and carve your own project.

Subtractive manufacturing can be done by manually cutting the material but is most typically done with a CNC Machine.

One of the advantages of subtractive manufacturing is the variety of materials that can be used, from wood and metal to plastics and acrylics to plasma. (Finer applications such as laser engravers work with an even wider array of materials.) CNC is widely used in manufacturing, and can be found in most facilities.

We are excited to launch this brand new, innovative module into our STEAM classrooms and have students designing and making their own projects.

Innovate Tech Camps – 20th Tech Camp

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It’s Innovate Tech Camps 20th tech camp! Hurray!

We simply can’t imagine having reached our 20th tech camp in 2018. Way back in 2013 when we had our first tech camp, it was with the old LEGO Mindstorms NXT model for the Grade 3 to 6 students and Lego WeDo 1.0 for the junior students.

It was with the very cool LEGO Green City Challenge which kids found so exciting and come to think of it, although we were way smaller then in terms of classes and programs, we all had heaps of fun but we have never looked back since.

Innovate Tech Camps went on to develop various other STEM courses which focused on robotics, coding, technology and digital literacy. We have welcomed kids and teens from all over Victoria, various states of Australia and even overseas visitors. We fondly remember sharing great memories with lovely kids and teens who came in to learn because they love technology.

It’s been a great ride and we thank all our Innovate Tech Camps Alumni and the parents for entrusting your precious kids to us. We will continue to grow and develop even more programs in the near future. See you at one of our future camps soon!



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!