B35DE2DF-EB89-4B60-932A-35B0AEC4A6C3 Created with sketchtool. Aussie Students Compete in FIRST Global Challenge Robotics Competition

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  Last updated July 20, 2017 at 4:21 pm

A young team of South Australian students will be representing Australia in the FIRST Global Challenge Robotics Competition. 


Who doesn’t love watching Robot Wars? On 16 – 18 July 2017 teams from high schools around the world will meet in Washington DC to compete in the FIRST Global Challenge Robotics Competition. There will be over 100 countries competing as well as continental teams, but with less destruction and more practical application! This year’s global challenge theme is access to clean water.


Australia is represented by the BaCoNeers, from Trinity College in South Australia – forming Team Oceania. Their goal is to interest more young people in getting involved in robotics, something they have already done by mentoring the Kazakhstani team, as well as helping Mitcham Girls High School to start their own team.



Even though this is an international competition, there is an important message of needing to cooperate on a global scale to solve the water crisis. Unfortunately, the Afghanistan girls’ team, who despite huge amounts of effort have eventually been denied entry to the US but at least their robot made it in the country, so that will be competing without them. No doubt that all the entrants from young people wanting to make a difference to the world will be inspiring stories.


Keep an eye out over the coming weeks as we follow the Australian team’s journey, with reports on their travels and all the results of the competition. Good luck Team Oceania!!



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Hilary Jones
Hilary is the Contributing Editor for Education at Australia's Science Channel and the Education Specialist. She has a wide ranging background in a variety of Educational settings both in Australia and the UK, and a deep love for biology, Star Wars and ultra dark chocolate. Not necessarily together - although creating an accurate X-Wing out of 90% cocoa solids chocolate would be a dream come true (please send the plans if you have them).


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