Issue 16
Monday, 12 September 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Darwin Middle School students at the RoboCup Junior Australia challenge, from left: Amelia Strohmayr, Audrey Alber and Imogen Smith
Darwin Middle School students at the RoboCup Junior Australia challenge, from left: Amelia Strohmayr, Audrey Alber and Imogen Smith

Top End students do battle with robots

School students from across the Top End have competed with robots in the Northern Territory’s first RoboCup Junior Australia challenge, at Charles Darwin University’s Casuarina campus.

More than 250 students from 15 schools in Darwin, Palmerston and Katherine tested their programming and problem-solving skills while competing in the robotic challenges of dance, rescue and demonstration soccer.

Wagaman Primary School dominated the awards in the Junior Robotics Dance category, winning awards in all three places within the category.

Marrara Christian College and Darwin Middle School won awards in the Secondary Dance category, and the Essington School, Kormilda College, Anula Primary School and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College for the Rescue Missions category.

Inspiring Australia Manager Paul Lyons said many primary and secondary schools in the NT had started to incorporate robotics into their classroom activities.

RoboCup Junior Australia is a project-oriented educational initiative that supports local, regional and international robotic events for school students.