Southern River College team off to compete in FIRST Robotics Competition

Southern River College’s FIRST Robotics Competition team for 2018.
Southern River College’s FIRST Robotics Competition team for 2018.

FOR the second year running, Southern River College are off to Sydney for the FIRST Robotics Competition.

The high school will send a team of 12 students and two teachers to New South Wales with hopes to build on last year’s strong debut.

The FIRST Robotics competition is a large-scale competition in which high school teams must build a robot designed to compete in a specific game set by the organisers.

Last year, the school sent over a team of Year 10 and 11 students who finished fifth overall, the highest placed team from WA.

Deputy principal Mike Errith said the students involved in the build had already displayed a high work-ethic and he was excited to see how they performed in Sydney.

“All work done has been done primarily after school, during school holidays and on the weekend,” he said.

“These kids are so motivated, they organised themselves the week prior, they had their own online chat, but then met two hours a day at the library to put plans together, work the program out and learn the game.

“This project isn’t just about building a robot, this is a competition which challenges students in every capacity, building on knowledge and skills ion mechatronics and programming, but also about communication, teamwork and entrepreneurship.”

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