Shenton College students take out open division at RoboCup Junior

Adrian Tan (y12), Pippa Sanderson (y8) and Isaac Hiew (y8) Shenton College students participated in this year’s RoboCup, the state's premier robotics competition for school students. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Adrian Tan (y12), Pippa Sanderson (y8) and Isaac Hiew (y8) Shenton College students participated in this year’s RoboCup, the state's premier robotics competition for school students. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

SHENTON College students showed off their tech talents at this year’s RoboCup.

The event is WA’s premier robotics and coding competition for schools, and brought together more than 600 students from across the state to battle it out at Curtin Stadium on August 3 and 4.

Shenton’s open senior team ‘Silent Assassins’ won the RoboCup Junior rescue challenge after two days of tense competition, with members from years 11 and 12.

Sean Yeo (Year 11) said he and his teammates Robert Crew and Adrian Tan started with no knowledge of robotics a few years ago and worked their way up to the open category.

“It was exhilarating,” he said.

“This is three-and-a-half years work, four years for [the Year 12s].”

Robotics mentor and Shenton teacher Roland Penno said the skills students picked up from robotics would help them adapt to a changing society and put them ahead in the world.

“The best thing is seeing the way they take in knowledge and apply it,” he said.

Mr Penno said the students were also able to mentor each other, with teams of lower school students learning from their upper school peers.

Winners from RoboCup Junior will get the chance to compete in the national finals in Melbourne in October.