What a great year it has been for Robotics Club Australia! We have just concluded another memorable year with our members and holiday Innovate Tech Campers. The highlights of 2014 include:
1. Two successful Vex Robotics National Championships in March and November 2014.
2. Four successful seasons of Innovate Tech Camps Australia.
3. Robotics Club's school team winning the Core Values Award at the Melbourne Regional FIRST Lego League robotics tournament.
4. Robotics Club's team representing Australia in the Vex Robotics World Championships in Anaheim, California emerging with a world ranking of 37 out of 120 teams.
5. Grown the Vex Robotics Teams in schools across Melbourne, NSW and Canberra.
6. Launched Aerial Robotics.
7. School & corporate incursions, exhibitions and career fairs.
There is so much more in between but we'd like to thank our team behind all this. We have also had many outstanding volunteers who have stepped up to help us in our robotics competitions. We have been very fortunate to meet so many kids and teens this year from all over Victoria, Canberra and NSW and we are looking forward to more interstate visitors at Tech Summer School 2015!
I wanted to try robotics at the start of the year because I wanted to experience something different. It was hard at first because there wasn’t many people I knew and building the robot and programming it was a bit complicated. However, after a few weeks, I had got to know three others from Robotics Club and I had learnt much more.
I found out that the students from Robotics Club had the opportunity to take part in a robotics competition: FLL (First Lego League). Already, I had completed many missions and co-operated well with my team, so I decided to participate. I created a presentation at home and talked about how kids need and want to learn in the 21st century in front of Robotics Club. A few weeks later, I discovered that I got chosen, along with Shaini, Imogen, Dillon and Dhiluka, my new team.
Over the next few months, we worked, built and programmed tirelessly to prepare for the competition. We completed tasks at home, did missions after school, presented to students and staff members, met up at lunch times, organised Fuze video chats and discussed important things o Edmodo. It was hard work, but we were determined and focused. Our team motto was “WE WILL TRY!” and then “WE WILL TRY TO TRY!” and then “WE CAN DO THIS!” Our play was well-practised. We met up during holidays and weekends. Most importantly, we worked as a team, co-operating and encouraging each other.
The FLL World Class Competition was an AMAZING experience. We competed against 21 other schools. It was held in King David School in Armadale. We rushed to the practice room to check our programs several times. It was interesting to see how other robots were constructed and how they completed missions. The hardest thing to do was position the robot. We failed many times because of that, but it was still a learning experience. We were proud of our journal; the judges seemed to like it. At the end, we won the Core Values Award, for showing Gracious Professionalism and coopertition. We were proud of our work and all agreed that we had learnt a lot.
I am definitely going to continue robotics next year and will try to be in the FLL team next year. My goals are to complete more missions and use the robot sensors more to gain precision and accuracy.
Robotics has been very fun this year!
Robotics Club Australia’s school team competed against 21 other robotics teams in the 2014 Victorian Regional First Lego League (FLL) Tournament.
The team were all rookies in this competition and comprised of students from Grades 3 to 6. The team did very well and impressed the judges with their reflections, their research project and technical judging.
At the end of the tournament, the team clinched one of the top few FLL awards which was the Core Values Award!
Core Values Award
Inspiration, Teamwork & Gracious Professionalism®
1. Celebrates a team that is empowered by their FLL experience and displays extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit.
2. Recognizes a team that is able to accomplish more together than they could as individuals through shared goals, strong communication, effective problem solving and excellent time management.
3. Recognizes a team whose members show each other and other teams respect at all times. They recognize that both friendly competition and mutual gain are possible, on and off the playing field.
Well done team! We know you will bring these values with you for the rest of your journey of life. We celebrate with you 🙂