On Wednesday, 6 June 2018 twelve students from Berwick Lodge Primary School participated in the RoboCup Junior Australia Victorian Regional Competition in Ballarat.
As mentioned in our recent Lodgers Magazine, RoboCup Junior is a STEM and project-oriented educational initiative that promotes local, regional and international robotic events for students. The competition is designed to introduce coding and robotics to primary and secondary school children.
Created in a true cooperative spirit, the RoboCup Junior Educational Competition encompasses not only engineering and IT skills, but extends right across a school curriculum.
This semester, a select group from our Grade 5 and 6 STEM extension learning classes built and programmed robots in preparation for the regional RoboCup Junior competition in Ballarat. Along with mentors Mr Kelly, Miss Tan and George Spiridis, the students spent several months preparing for the competition in different categories – On Stage, Simple Soccer and Riley Rescue. The competition helped our LODGERS understand the importance of STEM and how the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics connect and interconnect.
The teams had much success at the competition. The Riley Rescue team (The Rescuers) came 3rd out of the 12 schools competing, the soccer team (The Universal Soccer Stars) made it through to the semi-finals and our One Stage team (The Bully Exterminators) made it to second place.
Our LODGERS really enjoyed the competition – despite the early start and late finish. Have a listen to our next LODGERS PODCAST to hear all about our special day or read about us in the newspaper at https://issuu.com/starnewsgroup/docs/2018-06-21_bn_30/12.
The competition was held at Earth Ed, at Mt Clear College, Olympic avenue, Mount Clear, Ballarat.
A special thank you to Karen for organising the t-shirts and Judith for providing everyone with breakfast and dinner snacks.