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Battle of the Bots at Cradle Coast

SumoBot Battle (2)

High school students have been testing their technical skills in a robotics race at the University’s Cradle Coast campus.

Smithton High and Yolla District School participated in a SumoBot battle on Wednesday, 9 May, a new competition allowing students to practice applied robotics.

Working in teams, they were challenged to build and program EV3 robots that could remain inside a ring, detect an opponent and push it outside the boundary.

A number of rounds were held, with the top two teams facing off in a final.

Professor David Adams, University Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community, Partnerships and Regional Development), said the institution hoped that the experimental pilot project would lead to a future annual competition in the region.  

“Our aim is to build aspiration and skills in the digital technology space, which is considered to be integral to the future employment market,” Professor Adams said.

“The competition also presents an opportunity for young students to experience a university campus, and see where higher education might take them.

“We are very keen to work with external parties, both in education, industry and the broader community, to build these important skills across our region and beyond.”

Ms Sarah Prior, Smithton High School teacher in Science and Digital Technology, said the competition idea stemmed from the Digital Technologies Curriculum which is being implemented across the country.

“Through having interschool robotics competitions, students’ learning has a greater purpose, and we also have a chance to work with other teachers in digital technologies,” Ms Prior said.

“This particular event is a first step in what we hope will become a regular tradition of robotics competitions in the North-West.”

Grade 10 Smithton High student Christopher Joyce was announced as the competition winner, while Grade 9 representative Taylor John, who is also a student at the school, received the Creativity Award.

Published on: 10 May 2018 2:32pm