Nearly 650 students built robots capable of dancing, playing soccer, or performing a rescue mission for the annual RoboCup Junior WA competition held on Friday and Saturday at Curtin University Stadium.
The event grew again this year, including for the first time a significant cohort from outside the Perth metro area with teams signing up from regional areas like Northam, Busselton, Pemberton, and Wickham.
“RoboCup Junior is a great way to get students of all ages interested in robotics which teaches skills in engineering, programming, and maths,” said Scitech RoboCup coordinator Tim Schmitz.
“The challenges provide a crucial link between what students learn in the classroom, and the real-world applications of coding and robotics,” he said.
“Robots are used all around the world to perform dangerous tasks and to help people improve their everyday life. Introducing students to the inner workings of robots at a young age will be incredibly valuable to them in the future,” said Tim.
Teams from across the state took part in preliminary rounds on Friday, vying for a spot in Saturday’s state finals. Students of all ages and abilities from primary and secondary schools registered to take part and must build and program their own robots independently.
Winners from each division could then be invited to the national competition, scheduled to be held at UNSW in Sydney later this year.
One team who show determination and innovation will receive the Rio Tinto Promise Award, giving them a travel bursary to take part in the national competition.
A full list of winners can be found at the RoboCup Junior WA website.
The event was organised by Scitech, who are WA event partners along with Rio Tinto. Further support was from platinum national sponsors Modern Teaching Aids Australia, with contributions from Curtin University and Murdoch University. Scitech acknowledges the support of the State Government across all its activities.
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