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Willyama wizards of electronics

Friday, 24th March, 2017

The Willyama WHAM students with their creativity award in Sydney. The Willyama WHAM students with their creativity award in Sydney.

Willyama’s Science and Engineering team has been recognised for their creativity after designing a robot from scratch.

A selection of Willyama High School students went to Sydney recently to compete in a robotics competition.

Julian Mann, a teacher at Willyama, said 12 students took part in the First Robotics Competition at Sydney Olympic Park on March 13 to 15.

“The competition had students build a robot over six weeks and then pack it up and compete with teams from around Australia and around the world,” Mr Mann said. 

“The theme of the competition was Steamworks which involved robots shooting balls into a boiler (fuel), delivering gears to an airship (to start rotors) and climbing a rope in order to take flight.

“Team WHAM (Willyama High Advanced Mechatronics) was hoping to outdo last year’s effort of 19th place but had to settle for 20th. 

“However, they did take home the Creativity Award which celebrates creativity in design, use of component, or strategy of play. 

“Our rope climber was integral our selection for this award, allowing us to climb the 5-foot 4-inch rope in only two seconds.”

Mr Mann said Willyama High School has a strong commitment to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). 

“Their next project will be the Science and Engineering Challenge in Cobar. 

“They are holding a fundraiser on Saturday April 1 at Centro Plaza, selling cakes and cooking a barbecue.

“There will also be activities for the kids and our award winning robot will be on display.”

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