Robots compete in Tasmanian RoboCup Junior State Finals

WALL-E: Scotch Oakburn junior students Ava Napier, 10, front, and Ashlea Rees, 10, Jack Creak, 10, middle and Chelsea, 10, and Amy Macfarlane, 9, competed in the RoboCup dance category. Picture: Paul Scambler

WALL-E: Scotch Oakburn junior students Ava Napier, 10, front, and Ashlea Rees, 10, Jack Creak, 10, middle and Chelsea, 10, and Amy Macfarlane, 9, competed in the RoboCup dance category. Picture: Paul Scambler

Students as young as eight programmed and built robots to compete Tasmanian RoboCup Junior State Finals.

More than 100 students, aged eight to about sixteen, from across the state cheered on their robots at the University of Tasmania’s Newnham campus on Saturday.

There were three categories students could enter – dancing, soccer and rescue.

Each required different skills, with some students designing, programming and costuming robots to dance in time with music

Robots in the rescue category had to negotiate a path, while avoiding obstacles, and the move a can from a ‘chemical spill zone’

The soccer challenge was a highly competitive game made up of single and multi-robot teams.

It took about five months for Rose Bay High School student Rohan Torok’s team to build their rescue robot.

Building and coding the robot helped the team learn how to work together, manage setbacks and solve problems, Rohan said.

The team learnt coding and programming from scratch as it was the first year the program had been offered, he said.

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