IT was robot versus robot at Curtin University when 200 teams – more than 1600 students – from Primary Schools across WA faced off at the RoboCup.
The annual competition is an opportunity for young minds to engaged in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects in a hands on capacity.
Organised by ScitTech, Robo Cup Junior winners were awarded the opportunity to compete nationally in Sydney.
The competition was made up of three challenges, a robots dance, a rescue challenge in which a robot had to navigate an obstacle and rescue a can and a soccer match.SciTech technology crusader Tim Schmitz said the program was about kick starting a robotic revolution for Generation Z youngsters, who were predicted to work largely in STEM fields in the future.
“(RoboCup) is the opposite of text book learning, children create their own problems then solve their own problems,” he said.
“We are doing this to equip students with the skills for the world of the future.”
“It’s daunting for adults but not for children who are learning new things all the time… they just need back ground skills and then get challenged to innovate.”
Mr Schmitz said while everyone talked about robots being the future, it was important to recognise someone had to build them and then repair them.
He said the two-day competition was an excellent way to engage young people, particularly girls who had traditionally avoided STEM subjects.
“In 2012, girls made up less than 10 per cent of participants but this year 34 per cent of the participants were girls so it’s on the rise,” Mr Schmitz said.
1st place Robot Rebels (St Jerome’s Primary School)
2nd place Feathered AA’s (Mel Maria Catholic Primary)
3rd place The Bogans (Our Lady of Grace School)
1st place Penguins! (Perth Modern School)
2nd place Potato Heads (Cannington Community College)
3rd place Alkimos 2 (Alkimos Baptist College)
1st place The NX-Twins Arduinosaurs (Melville Senior High School)
2nd place Caught Pink Handed (Mel Maria Catholic Primary)
3rd place Chocobots (Mel Maria Catholic Primary)
1st place C3Po (All Saints’ College)
2nd place Yo Mama-tron Team (All Saints’ College)
3rd place HCC 1 (Holy Cross College)
1st place Team Challen (St Mark’s Anglican Community School)
2nd place S Mark II (Shenton College)
3rd place Hyperion’s Back (Morley Senior High)
1st place simplici nomine (Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School)
2nd place BEN (All Saint’s College)
3rd place The Future (All Saints’ College)
Gen II Soccer
1st place Year 11 (Perth Modern School)
2nd place Robocops (Independent)
3rd place City (Hampton Senior High School)
1st place Kungfumagic (Independent)
2nd place Spicy Meatballs (Sacred Heart College)
3rd place Yellow Sticky Notes (Independent)