Scotch Oakburn College’s robotics team has won third prize at national competition Robocup in Melbourne.
Their division saw 24 teams program robots to tell a 1-2 minute story using music and costumes.
The robots interacted with each other and their human creators, and Scotch Oakburn principal Andy Mueller said the girls should be proud.
“All students in that section have less than two years experience – it’s not done on age groups, so there were kids in primary school right through to year ten,” he said.
“There were 224 teams there from 85 schools around the country at RoboCup, and to get a place, especially considering they’re quite young, is just outstanding.
“Robotics requires analytical thinking and logical processes, creativity, problem solving, and communication.”
The winning Scotch Oakburn team called themselves Harry Botics 2.0, because of their robots’ Harry Potter-themed performance.
The team consisted of year four students Rital Saeedi, Georgette Wilks, Amelie Djatschenko, Ali Reynolds and Gemma Hodgetts.
Programming robots may seem a futuristic undertaking, especially for girls with an average age of 11. However, Mr Mueller said that was the way of the world now.
“It’s changing very, very quickly,” he said.
“[Technology] is integrated into what we’re doing rather than being separate standalone programs, which is far more realistic as to what’s happening beyond school.”
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