The 2016 Robocup saw Calingiri Primary School as the ONLY Government funded school to successfully get through the first four rounds, and win a place in the final competition. We’re all very proud of our students who did a fantastic job beating off stiff competition, and for being perfect ambassadors for their school.
Calingiri PS Year 4,5 and 6 students travelled to Curtin University to participate in Robocup. This tournament is designed to teach students the real-world applications of robotics and guide them into subjects based in science, technology, engineering and maths. Teams spent weeks creating and programming their robot to dance to selected music and created their own choreography and artwork to back up the robot. They entered four teams in the competition and competed against 28 teams from all over the metro area. Teams were judged on the design and construction, their programming and their use of technologies of the robot. Ten finalists were selected from the 32 teams for finals on Saturday. All of our teams performed impressively and two teams were selected for the finals on Saturday. These were ‘WALL-Es Workers’ who are Jayden Loton, Blake Woods and Jack McGill and the ‘4×1’ team made up of Darcie Westlake, Kaylah Byrnes-Brandis, Ella Hooper-Talamonti and Bronte King. Well done to all students who took part in this challenging event.
Once again, we would like to thank the Bendigo Bank Goomalling Branch, who supported us when we were just beginning our robot journey way back in 2013.
Almost 600 students, including some from as far north as the Pilbara, have shown off their coding skills in the WA RoboCup junior competition. The tournament is designed to teach students the real-world applications of robotics and guide them into subjects based in science, technology, engineering and maths. Cousins Hannah Henry and Emma Derbyshire are grade five students at Calingiri Primary School in the Wheatbelt, a school with a population of about 35. Their robot did a country-themed dance to a Keith Urban song, Stupid Boy.
“We had to rebuild it about three times … because it fell off the table,” Emma said.
Emma’s mother Melissa Emma Derbyshire said the competition was a useful way to connect small regional schools with technology.
“For our little school up there to be in touch with all the sort of technology that is going on in Perth is fantastic,” Ms Derbyshire said.
She said the school community fundraised thousands of dollars to buy iPads and send the 17 senior primary school students to the competition.
“There’s a big wide world out there, and hopefully this is just the beginning,” she said.