Junior Robocup

Year 4 students danced off with a host of awards at the state finals of the 2017 Junior RoboCup at the University of Tasmania in Launceston on Saturday, 19 August.

The Beauty and the Beast team of Mollie Gray, Chloe Robins, Zoe Ballantyne and Mia Irani, all 10, are off to Brisbane for the national final on 23 September after winning the Dance Theatre section of the competition.

The team also won the prize for best overall dance entry.

“I was surprised we won,” Zoe said afterwards. “We were up against lots of other amazing teams.”

Chloe explained that all four girls had experience of dance classes to varying degrees, which had helped with choreography and performance.

Mollie said the team was considering adding extra robots for the national competition and fine-tuning other elements of the entry.

The Bananas in Pyjamas team of Jack Creak, Ava Napier, Ashlea and Chelsea Rees, all 10, and Amy Macfarlane, 9, were just one point behind in second place.

And close behind in third were Tom and Jerry (Sam Mulford, Samuel Batt, Campbell Skirving and Angus Scott, all 10).

The Kungfu Pandas _ Brody Wallace, Liam Lloyd and Oscar Sellars, all 10 _ won a special prize for the most innovative robot. It was the first time that two ‘brain bricks’ had been used in one robot.

Learning Technologies Teacher Marissa Saville said that after seven months of hard work on the project, a highlight was seeing the students perform, and problem-solve, at the state final.

“With 11 teams and about 55 children involved, this was the most students we have ever had involved in robotics,” Dr Saville added.

Dr Saville paid tribute to all the students for their hard work and enthusiasm. She thanked families and staff, including Year 4 teacher Naomie O’Loughlin, Art teacher Suzanne Creese, Catherine Scott and Miranda Creak, for their support.

Last year the Scotch Oakburn Junior School team won its section in the national final.