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.

Newsflash October 2017

For the second year in a row the boys were crowned Australian Champions in the Open OnStage category. They also won the very prestigious award for Best Innovation which is judged across all categories and divisions. They have now been invited to compete at the Asia-Pacific competition to be held in Bangkok later in the year.