Cecil Andrews College gets set for robotics rumble


From left: Kayla Roemer-Hanisch, Isabella Bulich, Matthew Hannah, Benn Myles, technology teacher John Townley, Amy Thomas, Zack Rowan, Nathan Gusman and Anthony Pyle.
From left: Kayla Roemer-Hanisch, Isabella Bulich, Matthew Hannah, Benn Myles, technology teacher John Townley, Amy Thomas, Zack Rowan, Nathan Gusman and Anthony Pyle.

THE Armadale community is getting behind a local school’s bid to design, build and program its own robot to compete against top international schools.

Cecil Andrews College (CAC) students will take part in the FIRST Robotics South Pacific Regional Competition in Sydney on March 17.

Team Wolfgang will be made up of seven boys and three girls from years 10 and 11.

Working together in teams of three, the students will use the robots to compete in a series of games designed to test teamwork and strategy building.

Students will also be required to market, raise funds and gather sponsorship.

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CAC’s head of technologies John Townley said the school had no problems finding students keen to take part.

“The Armadale business community has been amazing,” Mr Townley added.

Team Wolfgang will have access to CAC’s $5 million STEM facility, which is due to launch on February 21.

The school will also use the facility as a training ground for teachers across WA to develop STEM and technology skills.

Mr Townley and education assistant Amy Thomas will coach the team, assisted by mentors from the community, including CAC alumni and software engineering student Michael Preston.

Team Wolfgang will be joined by four other Perth teams, two from Curtin University and one each from Southern River College and Living Waters College.

About 75,000 students from 24 countries participated in the event last year.

FIRST Robotics has a worldwide scholarship program worth $50 million available to competition participants.