KWS Zero Robotic Team
15 September, 2017
Congratulations to the KWS Zero Robotics Team (Blues Bots) who were named as one of the well performing teams in the Australian Zero Robotics Competition and received an invitation to represent Australia in the International Zero Robotics High School Tournament that begins in September.
The Australian competition has this year been expanded to allow more high school students the opportunity to compete in Zero Robotics and gain valuable experience in programming a robot.
The preliminary competition involving fifty high schools, was run by The University of Sydney and provided students with invaluable experience in coding as well as learning the maths and physics behind the motion of the SPHERES robot and develop strategies for successful game play within the game premise.
Students were required to work as a team, delegate tasks, communicate effectively and be well organised – all valuable skills that students will be able to apply to their schoolwork and further studies post high school.
The preliminary competition was held over 6 weeks in July-August with each team provided with a current University of Sydney Engineering/IT student as their mentor. The aim of the mentor was to provide the team with guidance throughout the process of learning the code and the logistics of the competition. Special mention to the KWS Zero Robotics Team mentor, Mr Craig O’Toole (KWS Parent) who has given up much time and effort to help the team.
The KWS Zero Robotics Team will now compete against teams throughout the world with the competition run by MIT, Boston USA. The final of the International Competition requires students to program Spheres located on the International Space Station and will be held in January 2018 with a live feed from the International Space Station (see cover photo attached from previous years). For more information regarding the competition, please see the following websites:
Australian Competition - http://zerorobotics.mit.edu/tournaments/27/
International Competition - http://zerorobotics.mit.edu/