Kids take robot challenge

Read about local school students having a go in the Lego League.

 This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 49 - August 2015.

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A group of students aged 9 to 16 are about to put their science skills to the test in a worldwide robotics competition.

The students, who call themselves the Robocrafters, have been tasked with building a robot while researching innovative solutions to solve the real world problem of waste under the theme ‘Trash Trek’.

The FIRST LEGO League is expected to involve 290,000 children from more than 80 countries in creating, testing and programing autonomous robots.

Winners of the South Australian competition will be announced in November, after which they will go through to national finals from which an Australian representative will be selected to line up against teams from around the world.

One of the Robocrafters’ mentors Wendy Stockton said the team was researching some exciting options. 

“The kids are considering a number of ideas, including building a fully operational worm farm and a machine that rewards people with credits when they correctly dispose of trash,” Ms Stockton said.

“It’s a great event that promotes science, teamwork and the innovative use of Lego.”

The City of Marion is supporting Robocrafters to involve young people in caring for the environment.               


    

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