How long will it be until fully autonomous humanoid robot soccer players will play (and win!) a soccer game against the (human) world champions?
That’s the ultimate goal of the RoboCup competition and CCGS students are signing up to robotics club in fast growing numbers to pit their programming wits against other schools regionally, nationally and internationally.
Kindergarten students start this journey by working with Bee-Bot programmable floor robots which are great for teaching control, directional language and programming to young children.
Year 2 to Year 4 work during lunchtimes to program Finch robots to navigate, make music and solve problems using Scratch.
Students from Year 5 to Year 10 work together in small groups before and after school learning coding using Lego EV3 Mindstorm kits. They step through tutorials to learn basic programming of a light sensor, motors and a touch sensor and there’s room for design and innovation too.
RoboCup is fun game-like situation where children enjoy project based learning in a collaborative environment. They solve problems and test solutions on a challenge mat until their robot is ready to compete in dance, rescue or soccer challenges. Robotics is hands-on and social too, assisting critical and creative thinking and developing resilience to see a project through.
Team C-137 have had great success in the RoboCup competition. The team progressed through regional and state RoboCup competitions in 2015, 2016 and 2017 to perform on the national and international stage:
- They won the Open Dance division at nationals in 2016 and 2017
- They competed in the international competition in Germany in 2016
- They won the Open Technical division and finished seventh overall in the international competition in Japan in July 2017
- They placed first and were declared the champions of their league in the Asia Pacific Competition held in Bangkok in December 2017
This award-winning Robotics team have been featured in a video created by Central Coast Council to showcase the region.