The Year 10 Systems and Engineering students have started off the year running. They were invited to compete in a mini competition as part of the Youth Technology Precinct displays at the International Airshow 2013 at Avalon alongside other schools in the region.
Students were given the challenge to design and develop a LEGO NXT® soccer robot. The robots were required to locate and capture an Infra-Red transmitting ball, run it down the field and hopefully pass it into the goals. The Robot Soccer game is a two on two competition so the students also needed to team up with other students collaboratively in order to compete.
The final played out between two Christian College teams ‘Home Guard’ from Mr Naylor’s class and ‘F22 Raptors’ from Mr Thomas’ class. The game was a close affair and attracted enormous interest from the public, attracting crowds often up to 10 people deep. The Raptors managed to prevail with only one goal separating the two teams.
The students have returned to class and have given insightful evaluations of their robot’s performance during the event and have also gained considerable knowledge in sharing their ideas collaboratively with students from other schools.
All the students endorsed the value of the excursion and a number of them plan to extend their skills and further develop and test their mechanical, digital and electro-technical systems by competing in the LEGO NXT® RoboCup Junior events later in the year.
It was also a great opportunity for Christian College Geelong to demonstrate some of the technical capabilities of our students at a high profile public event.
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