Teachers Tanya Sullivan, David Jacques and Justin Vincent accompanied the team on the weekend and were delighted to see the team interviewed by "Weekend Sunrise." Their teams were highly competitive and Mr Jacques team missed out on making it to the Nationals by one point.
Mr Jacques and Mr Vincent's teams were made up of year 6 students, many of whom will be attending Corrimal High next Year. The Corrimal High team were made up of James Podmore, Chad Shepherd, Jarrod Woolmer, Kias Chalmers-Mulder, Patrick Vallance, Kye Chamberlain, Oscar McFarlane, Ryan Foster and Zac Smith. They were mentored by Andrew and Lindell Clarke who run the Robotics Club.
In preparation for the National Robotic Competition, an excited group of boys from Years 7 and 8 spent the day working on their Robotic Missions. These students were instructed by Andrew and Lindell Clarke who have themselves been members of the Australian Robotic Team.
James Chadmore from year 8 explained that this year their task was to carry out activities with their robots that resemble activities undertaken by the elderly. Robots were programmed to undertake tasks such as lifting weight, pushing in chairs, bowling, switching lights on and off, stacking quilts in a certain place.
Chad Shepherd from year 7 came up with the idea for an automated lawn mower which also featured in the competition. Chad said that he got a lot out of working with the Lego robots. He enjoyed learning new skills and meeting new people and the kids from the local primary schools who come to Robotics on Monday afternoons are "fun to work with too."
James really enjoyed the competition. He said that he gets a buzz out of programming and the missions that are set. He said it's not all serious, the missions are broken up and participates who compete in a large room get to know each other better when they all have to do silly games.