Students leap into Lego with robotics challenge

Emily AceSouth Western Times
Coding and robotics extension program teacher David Hill and his Year 5 robotics team Alex Sabourne, Mia Owens, Shenae Peacock and Toby Ballantyne celebrate their success at the First Lego League Into Orbit Challenge.Picture: Jon Gellweiler
Camera IconCoding and robotics extension program teacher David Hill and his Year 5 robotics team Alex Sabourne, Mia Owens, Shenae Peacock and Toby Ballantyne celebrate their success at the First Lego League Into Orbit Challenge.Picture: Jon Gellweiler Credit: South Western Times/Bunbury Herald

Eaton Primary School’s robotics team won two trophies after competing in the regional and State First Lego League Into Orbit Challenge for the first time last month.

The competition is open to participants aged nine to 16, with teams given a series of space-themed challenges.

Coding and robotics extension program teacher David Hill said the team then had to design and code a robot to solve all of the challenges on the table.

“When it comes to competition day they only get 2.5 minutes on the table, so it is a massive rush trying to send the robot out as many times as we can to solve as many challenges as we can to earn as many points as possible,” he said.

After securing fourth place and the Secret Harbour Regional Programming Award in the regional competition, the team was invited to compete in the State round, where they took home the WA State Tournament Judges Award.

“The judges award was for future engineers, because they knew we were a young team and were quite impressed with their efforts,” Mr Hill said.

“I think this year was a great practice run for next year and we were blown away by how good the kids did.”

Competitor Toby Ballantyne, 11, said he had learnt many new skills since joining the extension program and had high aspirations for his future.

“I was thinking of being a rocket scientist, but I probably will be working around robotics and engineering as well.”

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