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

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

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!


Team Innovate

Asia Pacific Robotics Championships at Melbourne Showgrounds

Asia Pacific Robotics Championships at Melbourne Showgrounds

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!


Vex Robotics National Qualifier 2015 -2016

0n 5 December 2015, our high school Vex teams participated in the Vex Robotics World Championships Qualifier event at Forest Hill College, Burwood East. Teams from Melbourne, Canberra and Goulburn came together to play the 2015 – 2016 game "Nothing But Net".

The games were very exciting with robots aiming balls into the nets. Sometimes balls were flying everywhere but into the net! All in all, a very exciting game and a great display of the capabilities of the robots of each team.

We were honoured to have Jason Morella President of the RECF visit Melbourne for the event. He along with Sue John, Co- Founder of Innovate Technology and Robotics Academy were the judges for the event.

Congratulations to the following outstanding teams:

Excellence Award Winner – Hillcrest Christian College Team 7479 (This team qualifies for the Vex Robotics World Championships in Louisville, Texas in April 2016!).

Tournament Champions – Dandenong High School and Hillcrest Christian College

Robot Skills Champion – Hillcrest Christian College

Programming Skills Champion – Copperfield College

Vex IQ Bankshot Qualifier Competition

The Vex IQ 2015 – 2016 Bankshot Qualifier was held yesterday at Forest Hill College. Middle school teams competed in the Vex IQ game, Bankshot.

It was truly a fun-filled and action packed day as we finished 30 rounds of qualifying games and another several rounds of robot skills.

We would like to congratulate teams who won the following:

Excellence Award – Team 10629E of Mount View Primary School (This team qualifies to represent Australia at the Vex Robotics World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky in April 2016!)

Tournament Champions – Team 10629E and Team 10629B

Robot Skills Champion – Team 10629F

We are excited to be preparing our team for the world championships in 2016! Go Innovate Academy!

Robotics Scrimmage In Canberra

Over the last weekend, Robotics Cub Australia organized a scrimmage in Canberra which was kindly hosted by St Clare's College. Teams from NSW and Canberra attended the event which got them learning how to set up the field and program their robots.

Teams were also building towards the Nationals which will be held later this year. The "Nothing But Net" season is exciting no doubt and we would like to thank all the teams who drove into Canberra for the event and to St Clare's College, Canberra for hosting this event.

To more STEM events!