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.

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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.

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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