Annual Interhouse Robotics Competition.

This year was our 8th Hour of Code event and for the last 3 years we have enjoyed an Inter-house Robotics Competition. All over the world students participate in an ‘Hour of Code’. The Hour of Code is a Global Movement reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries!

Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906). Many of our girls have heard Grace’s story and know how she came up with the term ‘debugging’ a piece of code! Grace Hopper was a very inspirational pioneer.

Our competition started with the Coding & Robotic Leaders introducing the event and sharing information about the value of learning to code.

Each house sat around a competition area where the challenge took place. The house had a table with all their equipment for the event in their colour.

Prep girls programmed a Bee Bot to follow a pathway of hands. Yr 1’s programmed the Bee Bot to travel from start to finish covering all the shapes on the mat. Year 2’s located a grid reference written on cards, which they turned over, then programmed the Blue Bot to get to as many grid references in the allocated time.

Yr 3’s programmed Pro Bots into a maze and then drew a square of at least 30 cm. Yr 4’s navigated a Sphero through a maze travelling under a tunnel and over a see-saw bridge!

Yr 5’s Programmed EV3 to follow a road and reverse at the end. The challenges from Prep to Year 5 were carried out in a set time with a large online Robot Stopwatch doing the count down, this was very popular with the girls!

Finally, the Yr 6 girls raced drones through a set course!

The competition was very close with just 1 point between many teamn! The winners for 2021 was Nightingale House…….congratualtions to all girls for a very exciting and enjoyable competition.

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Jackie Child
Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!