YOUNG boffins at the Living Waters Lutheran College have been working on a robotics project to compete in a unique international sporting challenge.
Since January the school’s “digibots” team has been using the most sophisticated program of its kind in the world to develop the robot that will be strutting its stuff at a national competition in Sydney in March.
Technology teacher Yolande Redpath said the students have been designing, building and programming the 50kg robot over an intense six-week period.
“This is the team’s first year participating in a global challenge, with this year’s theme called Steamworks, which takes students back in time to the industrial revolution,” Ms Redpath said.
“Robots will be vying against each other loading fuel into their purpose built boilers and delivering gears to pilots.
“The pilots will then deploy the gears in order to prepare their airships for flight.”
Ms Redpath said the national competition was a “varsity sport for the mind”, combining the excitement of sport with the rigours of science and technology.
“Under strict rules the team is building their sophisticated robot using industry hardware and software, with the hope of qualifying for a place in the World Championship being held in the USA,” she said.
Teams from the Asia-Pacific and South American region, including India, China, Taiwan, and Singapore will be participating.