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The Road to Robocup Junior

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Week 5, Term Three, 2018

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The Somerset Robotics Club ventured to the University of Queensland to take part in the 2018 RoboCup Junior Queensland Championships, Saturday 11 August. Our hopeful contenders have been preparing for this day over the previous few months and were looking forward to testing their creations against the other entries.

The boys' team – ‘Sirius Cybernetics Cooperation (SCC)’ - entered a duo of robots coded to not only move to a musical piece but for the robots to play the music themselves. After their two performances and interview, they ended two points short of finals qualification – a close call indeed and an impressive effort for our first time at the championship. It was great to see the complexity of their code acknowledged by the judges.

The girls' team – ‘Team Infinity and Beyond’ - demonstrated and were recognised by the judges for a great level of maturity and resilience. During their first performance, their robot fell over during their demonstration. Not to be dissuaded, the girls made appropriate modifications for an extremely successful second demonstration. The ability to be agile and problem solve are real and vital 21st-century skills and the girls' team is to be commended for how effectively they did this on the day.

During the day, our students had the opportunity to see a wide range of robot designs and were also exposed to industry-standard robotics, gaining valuable experience for the 2019 RoboCup event.

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