All three of Unity Grammar’s Robotics teams have successfully qualified for the 2018 FIRST® LEGO® League National Championships to be held at Macquarie University on 8 – 9 December 2018.
The Regional qualifying round for the Senior Girls team, STEM Cells X, took place at Unity Grammar in mid-November where the girls won not only the Robot Performance Award but the overall Champion’s Award, securing them a place in the NSW State Competition.
The following week the Senior Boys Team, STEM Cells Y, won the same two awards at their Regional competition at Cranebrook and the brand-new Junior Team, STEM Cells Z, won the Project Award for the most innovative and creative Project Presentation at Bossley Park.
STEM Cells X, Y and Z went on to compete at the NSW Tournament in Wollongong on 24 November. STEM Cells Y were awarded a trophy for Gracious Professionalism while STEM Cells X were awarded a trophy for Research and all three teams qualified for the National Tournament to be held at Macquarie University in December.
Unity Grammar CEO, Mr Aaron Boyd, said “We are so proud of all three teams who have shown great dedication and a generous amount of grace in the competitions so far. I have no doubt that they will put in their absolute best at Nationals and I look forward to seeing the result.”
Unity Grammar run a world-class Robotics program with tremendous success achieved to date. Both former Senior teams were thrilled to compete at the International level earlier in 2018.
The boys’ team competed in the FIRST® Lego League Championship in Houston, Texas, a prestigious event where 108 teams from around the world competed on the world stage.
The girls’ team competed at the FIRST LEGO League Estonian Open International where they were the first all-girls, all Muslim team to represent Australia on an International scale. While neither team won an award at the International events, they gained invaluable experience and developed friendships that will last a lifetime.
“All students were wonderful ambassadors for our College and our Country, maintaining professionalism and respect at all times”, Mr Boyd said. “We are privileged to be involved in the FIRST® Lego Leagueprogram as it provides our students with the opportunity to have tremendous amounts of fun while applying science, technology, engineering, and math concepts to solve real-world problems.”
FIRST® Lego Leagueisa powerful program that engages children in playful and meaningful learning while helping them discover the fun in science and technology.
Guided by adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a problem such as food safety or recycling and are challenged to develop a solution.
They must also design, build and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology to compete on a table-top playing field.
For more information on the FIRST® Lego Leaguevisit http://firstaustralia.org/programs/first-lego-league/