Santa Maria College students’ circus-themed robots prove a hit

Santa Maria College students Abbey Winship, Abby Young, Niamh Smithies, Claudia Cirocco and Lauren Winship with their robots. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Santa Maria College students Abbey Winship, Abby Young, Niamh Smithies, Claudia Cirocco and Lauren Winship with their robots. Picture: Martin Kennealey

A GROUP of Santa Maria College students showed they were not clowning around after their circus-themed performance took out a robotics competition.

Year 8 students Abbey Young, Abbey Winship, Lauren Winship, Claudia Cirocco and Niamh Smithies took out first prize for their on-stage performance in the secondary experienced division at the RoboCup Junior State Championships at Curtin University on August 4-5.

The team created five robots, including a ringmaster, clown, lion, trapeze artists and even a monkey that goes across a tightrope on a unicycle.

Niamh said the students spent about six hours per week planning, building and programming the robots.

“We also had to come up with the costumes and a dance that the robots could do,” she said.

“We decided on a circus theme because there is a range of motions that the figures and animals could do.

“Our last run the day before the championships wasn’t the best so we weren’t feeling the best.”

Niamh said they were excited about the opportunity to compete in the National Championships in October.

“It will be interesting to head over to Melbourne and see what the other students have come up with,” she said.

“We will continue to work together and produce something even better.”

Year Six students from Ardross Primary School won the primary rescue division while Year Seven Applecross Senior High School students won the novice performance in the secondary division for their on-stage performance.