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FIRST® Robotics Competition

1 May 2015
Students win trophy in the Regional finals of the Australian Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC).

The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) project provides the students with a unique opportunity to apply and integrate their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) knowledge and skills. These students also gain valuable life skills which include problem solving, teamwork, collaboration, public speaking, budgeting, website development, community engagement and promotion.

The majority of the students (18) represented 8 public schools (Applecross SHS, Ellenbrook Secondary College, John Curtin College of the Arts, Kelmscott SHS, Lesmurdie SHS, Perth Modern School, Rossmoyne SHS and Willetton SHS).

Entering the three Team Curtin robots (4788, 5333 and 5663) in the FRC Sydney competition was the culmination of seven weeks of intensive teamwork onsite at Curtin University.  Students, working during their summer break designed, built and programmed robots to perform prescribed tasks. 

Mentored by the Curtin University Engineering Outreach team, Curtin mechatronics and computer science students, technical staff and relevant industry representatives: the students practically applied innovative mechatronics design ideas and high level programming to a real world engineering problem.

The robots competed in a recycling-themed game played by two alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of litter.

The Western Australian Department of Education’s School Pathways Program proudly supports the Curtin FRC teams.  The Program facilitates and supports students to actively engage in courses, integrated projects, further education, training and employment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Gail Manton, Program Manager School Pathways Program highlighted “the ongoing success of the FRC Curtin University initiative which provides high school students with an opportunity to integrate all aspects of STEM addressing real world applications.”

FIRST® Robotics Competition
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