Christian College State RoboCup Success

Christian College was well represented at the 'RoboCup Junior Victoria State Titles' at the University of Melbourne this week.

More than 50 students prepared and programmed robots to compete against 700 students from 51 other schools at the state titles. 

James Hurren and Christopher Kerry competed in the most technological league of the whole event, the 'Open League Soccer'. They qualified for the Grand Final, but went down to Melbourne High School in a close game. However, James and Christopher did not go home empty-handed, earning the 'Dean of Engineering Design and Innovation Award'. The judges were impressed with their circuit board shield, linked to an Arduino Mega Microprocessor. These were made using computer-aided design and the Villa Paloma laser cutter. 

Thomas Shanahan, Liam Burt and Sebastian Ballard had their 'Lightweight League Soccer' semi-final all but won, until the last 10 seconds, when their opposition scored a levelling goal. They then had their robot run into an open 'golden goal', only to falter at the line, handing the ball to the opposition goalie, which kicked the ball the full length of the field to score. The winning team went on to easily win the Grand Final. 

James Aquilina and Luke Creati missed out by a single goal on countback to qualify for the 'Simple Simon Soccer League' finals. 

The Bellarine Campus also did exceptionally well, with a State Title in the 'Secondary Dance' and a runner-up placing in Simple Simon Soccer. 

It was a very long day for all of the students, but they still found the energy on their way home to plan their efforts for the National titles in Brisbane in September, or for new and improved robots for next year’s campaign.

Mr Brian Thomas

Systems and Engineering Teacher


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