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Have a cake for robot Andy

Thursday, 12th May, 2016

Members of Willyama’s Robotics team (from left) Jesse Cochrane-Adolfson, Josh Dettorre, Alex Braes and Jasper Jones with Andy the robot. Members of Willyama’s Robotics team (from left) Jesse Cochrane-Adolfson, Josh Dettorre, Alex Braes and Jasper Jones with Andy the robot.

The Willyama High School Robotics team is holding a cake stall on Saturday to help them attend a robotics challenge in July.

It will be held at the Centro Westside Plaza from 9am to 2pm. There will be robotic demonstrations and displays with a sausage sizzle inside and the cake stall outside Woolworths.

Willyama teacher Maria Kelly said the money raised will help the Year 10 and 11 Robotics team in their efforts to get to Sydney.

The aim is to compete in the international robotics challenge “First Australia Robotics Dual Down Under” at Macquarie University.

One of the students in the team, Alex Braes, said they had been busy building their robot to compete in an obstacle course.

“We named the robot Andy after one of the mentors who came out to teach us things. He was really helpful, so we thought we would name it after him,” Alex said.

“Andy” needs to be able to complete a series of challenges that involve passing a ball around.

“Andy can lift the ball, suck it in and push it up. We’ve been able to develop him to this stage in about two weeks,” Alex said.

“But we will have to change the arm so the mechanism works better.”

Another student, Jesse Cochrane-Adolfson, said Andy can also cross a moat, a ramp, a rock wall and rough terrain.

“It’s helpful that Andy is really robust. Hopefully he will be able to withstand the challenges,” Jesse said.

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