Wheatbelt students compete with STEM skills at Robotics Olympics

Students from Calingri Primary School have competed at last weekend’s RoboCup Jnr state event at Curtin University.

Team ‘Gummi Bears’ competed in the on-stage performance category which integrates science, technology and the arts. 

The students designed, built and programed their robots to dance to music. 

They were encouraged to decorate their entries and motorise robot limb movements, to give their robots real personality and the performance real appeal. 

This year’s competition saw more than 650 students from regional and metro schools participate with robots they designed. 

The event was organised by Scitech, who are WA event partners along with Rio Tinto and Western Australian University partner Curtin University. 

Deb Hancock, the chief executive officer of Scitech said the ‘Robotic Olympics allows student to apply coding and engineering skins in a fun and competitve setting.

RoboCup Junior events occur at regional, state, national and international levels with a knock-out style structure and ultimate winners for each category.

However to compete at any level, there are no qualifying rules other than enthusiasm, interest and ability to take part.