An exclusive insight into Unity Grammar’s Robotics playground by AMUST.

All three of Unity Grammar’s Robotics teams have been victorious at the 2018 FIRST® LEGO® League National Championships held at Macquarie University from Saturday 8 to Sunday 9 December 2018.

Senior Girls team STEM Cells X were placed 3rd for Gracious Professionalism, Senior Boys team STEM Cells Y were placed 2nd for Mechanical Design and Junior team, STEM Cells Z, the latest addition to the STEM Cells family, were awarded 1st place for their Project Innovative Solution Award.

Two of the teams, STEM Cells Y and STEM Cells Z, advanced to the International Championships where they will represent Australia at the 2019 World Festival in Houston, Texas.

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This is the second year in a row that Unity Grammar Robotics teams have made it to the International Championships representing Australia.

STEM Cells Z were also awarded the Global Innovation Award nomination that will be held in 2019 in Silicon Valley, California being the ninth annual FIRSTLEGO League Global Innovation Award.

The eighth annual FIRSTLEGO League Global Innovation Award was held 19-21 June 2018 in San Jose, California at the San Jose State University Student Union.

The FIRSTLEGO League Global Innovation Award is designed to showcase the real-world, innovative solutions that FIRSTLEGO League teams create as a result of their Project.

I was given the opportunity to visit Unity Grammar on Tuesday 18 December facilitated by Ms Allison Maher, Head of Marketing and Communication and talked to the bright young members of the robotics teams and their coaches as well as see them in action in their well-resourced robotics lab.

I interviewed members of the two most successful teams, STEM Cells Y team members Zayn Khan, Affan Ali and Akram Maarbani as well as STEM Cells Z members Ayesha Khan, Jessica Farhat, Mona Hafza, Muhammad Hardan, Malek Maarbani and Rayaan Nabi.

The highly talented and successful teams consist of members from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of ages. The senior students pass on their skills to the younger ones with a very smooth mentoring process.

Although the school was closed for summer holidays, most of the robotics team members were present and working on their projects. I was told that they worked on their projects mostly on non-school hours or during their lunch breaks and spare time.

Most of the students were aware of AMUST and had read the previous stories published in AMUST on the robotics teams’ achievements over the years and the celebration of 10 years anniversary since the foundation of Unity Grammar.

I asked some basic questions from the students and they explained exactly what legos were and how they were incorporated into making robots to do certain tasks.

Every year the competition has a theme to work with and develop their projects based on the theme. The teams had to find a problem and then use their skills to find the solution to the problem working together as a team, developing ideas and sharing their skills and collaborate with one another.

After our table talk, the team members demonstrated the workings of their robotics systems in action to carry out various tasks on the table top. They put together various robots and programmed them using their laptops to carry out various tasks.

I also met the coaches who guide the students during their robotics sessions namely Zain Khan, Riad Naanai, Laila Qadan and Eaman Badaui.

Unity Grammar has developed a strong reputation in robotics by attracting highly competent coaches both males and females and attracting again a gender-balanced team of bright young students who are most competently winning not only national competitions but hopefully international ones as well.