TEAMWORK and a knack for problem-solving has seen a team of Terang College students secure a place on the international stage of a robotics competition.
Competing in the national final of the FIRST LEGO League in Sydney earlier this month, the group of nine Year 6 to 9 students battled against about 70 teams from schools across Australia.
‘The Krakens’ – consisting of Ben and Luke Wickenton, Zarhn Felsted and Emily Fuge – qualified to be one of a number of schools representing Australia on the world stage in Sydney next July.
‘The Hammerheads’ – Toby Pride, Jackie Morris, Denva Martin and Oliver and Thomas Delaney – also competed in the national finals.
The competition saw the teams’ robots complete a number of complex tasks simulating the tasks of an astronaut.
Program co-ordinator Liam O’Connor said ‘The Krakens’ wowed the judges with their teamwork and problem-solving skills.
“On the first day, neither teams did very well on the game board,” he said.
“We were a little disheartened. They had to pull together.”
However, Mr O’Connor said each team fixed the issues and recovered to perform well during the remainder of the final.
“Both teams performed exceptionally well,” he said.
Mr O’Connor said the program allowed the students to see the opportunities available to them.
“I hope it inspires them to go into engineering or one of those science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industries,” he said.
Participant Emily Fuge said a highlight of the competition for her was making new friends from other teams and seeing them again at different stages of the competition.
“It’s nice to meet people,” she said.
Fellow participant Oliver Delaney said the best part of the contest for him was that it highlighted the work of small-scale teams.