RoboCup Junior Regionals, Brisbane.

This month the RoboCup Junior Regionals in Brisbane were nothing short of incredible! RoboCup Junior is an educational initiative that fosters local, regional, and international robotics competitions for young learners. Its aim is to familiarize primary and secondary school students with the RoboCup challenge. The program cultivates essential STEM skills.

The competition promotes personal growth and social development by encouraging sportsmanship, sharing and teamwork. It also hones cooperation and organizational skills. Participants compete in four dynamic divisions: OnStage, Rescue Line, Rescue Maze, and Soccer.

St. Aidan’s has been a proud contender for the past three years, and we’re thrilled to announce that our teams have clinched the Regional Novice OnStage division title consecutively during this period! This year, St. Aidan’s showcased the talents of three novice teams in the OnStage category and a dedicated Year 8 team in the Rescue Line division. Our students’ performances were wonderful across the board.

The event marked its largest turnout since inception, with over 500 students participating. The Rescue Line division was particularly competitive, featuring more than 90 teams. Our girls made a remarkable debut in this category, with one of their runs earning an impressive score of 270 out of a possible 290 points!

In the Novice division, the competition was fierce with 46 teams vying for the top spot. Our team, ‘Panic at the Picnic,’ performed exceptionally well, securing first place with their innovative performance.

The Regional Competition serves as an excellent precursor to the State Championships, set to take place in August. The judges at Saturday’s event offered high praise and valuable feedback to our teams, which will undoubtedly aid in their preparation for the upcoming State Championship.

 

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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!

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