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Robotics test awaits

Friday, 11th December, 2015

Willyama High School students will be competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition in Sydney in March next year.

The competition aims to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in schools.

It gives high school students and their adult mentors the opportunity to work and create together to solve a common problem.

Teams are challenged to design and build a robot using a standard “kit of parts” and within a common set of rules to play a sophisticated field game - all in just six weeks.

“The robot ‘game’ changes every season and can be quite exciting,” said Willyama’s Computer Coordinator, Julian Mann.

The school has secured a FRC Rookie Grant which pays for the “kit”, entry into the competition and a training session by experts in February next year.

A barbecue fundraiser will be held in Sturt Park this Saturday to help pay for transport and accommodation for 10 competitors and two mentors.

There will be plenty of sausage or steak sandwiches on offer and brekky bacon and egg rolls.

“We will be there from 8am with the students helping out,” said Mr Mann.

“I hope some people can make it down to Sturt Park to see us.”

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