Westgarth @ RoboCup 2017

RoboCup Junior is designed to introduce collaborative problem solving opportunities to both primary and secondary students that centre on robotics.  Our school competed in two events; dance and soccer.

RoboCup Dance makes excellent integration of Science, Technology and the Arts.  Our students managed to program their robots, including a head bopping robotic duck, to dance in time with music.  This meticulously planned and choreographed routine earned Westgarth a place in the national finals, as well as a trophy for our contribution in encouraging gender parity in STEM subjects.



Our two RoboCup Soccer teams designed sets of robots, which they programmed to sense and kick an infra-red transmitting ball.  Such a task has prevented numerous challenges for the students, such as making sure that the robot attacks the correct goal and that goal keeper robots prevent the opposition team from scoring.  One of our teams managed to top their group and advance to the quarter finals, where they lost in a nail-biting game.

We would like to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of our parent helpers involved in LEGO Robotics at Westgarth.  In particular, Kerry Mahoney and Dan Tyrell who have led this program to provide such amazing opportunities for our students.  Later this term our STEM for Girls, Code Club and Lego Robotics Club will be hosting an open afternoon in order for our school community to take a glimpse of the projects that these groups have been working on this year.