Robots rise to the challenge | Central Coast Grammar School

Robots rise to the challenge

Congratulations to Ollie Butcher and Jamie McPherson, aka Team C-137, who finished 1st in the Open Technical division and 7th overall at the International RoboCup Junior robotics championships in Japan.

Jamie (left) and Ollie (right) at the tournament in Japan

The boys competed against 31 teams from around the world, and their focus on features design, engineering, programming and technology; together with their magnetic levitation hovercraft, infinity mirror and autonomous robots, really impressed the judges.

RoboCup Junior is a league for children aged 11-19. Participants can compete in three challenges - Soccer, Rescue and Onstage. The OnStage Challenge tests creativity and artistic sense and encourages the use of freewheeling thinking, such as the exploration of robot mechanisms and the pursuit of robot-human collaborations.


Robotics is very popular at CCGS, and our after-school Robotics Club is buzzing and beeping with students curious to explore robot programming and design.

Rise of the Robots
  • The Team won the Hunter Regional RoboCup competition in 2014, 2015 and 2016
  • They won the NSW State RoboCup Championship in 2015 and 2016
  • They placed 2nd at the Australian RoboCup Competition in 2015 and qualified for the Internal RoboCup Competition in Leipzig, Germany in 2016
  • They won the Australian Open Secondary Competition in 2016 and qualified for the International RoboCup Competition in Japan in 2017
  • 1st place in the Open Technical division in Japan in 2017
  • 7th place overall in the Onstage Category in Japan in 2017