Northern suburbs RoboCup teams get gold


Sacred Heart’s Adrienne Reader, Natasha Gill, Matisse Thompson and Ailish Norman.
St Mark’s winning students Mark Swan, Milton Diamandis, Luke Ellis and Stefan Tollis.
Northern suburbs RoboCup teams get gold
Sacred Heart’s Adrienne Reader, Natasha Gill, Matisse Thompson and Ailish Norman. St Mark’s winning students Mark Swan, Milton Diamandis, Luke Ellis and Stefan Tollis.

STUDENTS from schools in Hillarys and Sorrento have taken out top spots at a State robotics competition.

Teams from St Mark’s Anglican Community School and Sacred Heart College competed against schools from around the State in RoboCup Junior WA.

A team of St Mark’s students from years 7 to 10 won the rescue challenge, where a robot they built and programmed had to perform in simulated rescue scenes.

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Principal Cameron Herbert said the school was proud of the students’ achievements.

“The students have put in many hours of work over the past six months developing their skills in designing and programming a robot that is able to respond to the challenges presented at competitions of this nature,” he said.

“Their commitment to the Robotics Club is commendable and the school could not be happier with the way in which they represented us at the competition.”

Sacred Heart engineering teacher Neil Gray, who has been involved in the competition for 12 years, said students created a robot as part of the engineering course. An all-girls Year 10 team won the promise award and another Year 10 team placed second in the soccer category.

“RoboCup is always interesting; we definitely had the most advanced robots in the competition,” he said. “Where the real learning happens is when things go wrong. It’s brilliant educationally.”

Other participating schools included Lake Joondalup Baptist College, Wanneroo Primary, Wanneroo Secondary College and Warwick Senior High School.