Emmanuel’s Year 9 Computing students, Joseph Brown, Anthony Cepon and Ben Gonzalez achieved success in the first International High School Robotics Competition held in Australia, finishing third behind two teams from Korea.
The competition was organised in conjunction with the G20 conference and hosted jointly by Griffith University and the Korean Future Foundation.
Students from twelve schools in the Gold Coast and Brisbane, and five from Korea, had to design and build a robotic device around an environmental concept. The Emmanuel team designed and built a prototype that could autonomously test either the acidity or alkalinity of soil, collate the data and transmit the data via SMS to the farmer, before automatically administering the necessary solution to treat the soil.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, the five Korean teams included some of the top 1% of Korea’s Year 12 students, many of whom have already achieved scholarships to the top Ivy League universities, such as Stanford and MIT in 2015.
This was a wonderful opportunity to challenge ourselves at an international level. Next year, students from Japan, China and India will also be participating, and we will certainly be looking forward to that challenge.