Making robots in America

TRINITY College has nine lucky students heading to the USA (St Louis) to represent Australia at the First Tech Challenge (FTC) World Festival in April this year.

TAKING ON THE WORLD: First row, from left, Hayden Frankhuisen, Jaskirat Grover, Lachlan Blanc. Row two, Evan Wolfendale, Benjamin Axford. Row three, Lachlan Bamford, Daniel Nickson, Glenn Walsh and Tristan Seppelts.

TAKING ON THE WORLD: First row, from left, Hayden Frankhuisen, Jaskirat Grover, Lachlan Blanc. Row two, Evan Wolfendale, Benjamin Axford. Row three, Lachlan Bamford, Daniel Nickson, Glenn Walsh and Tristan Seppelts.

The team, ‘Trinity BaCoNeers’ were chosen to participate in the challenge after they were awarded overall Australian Champions for their performance at the Australian national championships, receiving the Inspire award.

The team finished in the top three of every award category and finished second in the Robot challenge.

Winning these challenges is nothing new for Trinity College as in 2011 another motivated group of students brought home the Strategy and Innovation Award.

Sue O’Malley, teacher and team coach said, “Their current achievements ensure they will be highly competitive at the world festival where they will join over 100 FTC teams from around the globe, will be participating in a leadership program, as well as a physics of motion program at Disney Studios in Anaheim.”

“The team is hard working, motivated and they are very strong in their community outreach doing a lot of work with younger students on how to program and build a robot.

“They are planning to work with Little Heroes Foundation at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital to run a robotics program for children,” Sue said.

The team is currently fundraising for their trip and will be running a quiz night on Friday, March 14 at Starplex.

They will also have an innovative crowd funded Lego mosaic whereby Lego bricks can be purchased for $2 each and the mosaic will be installed at Trinity College as part of the commemoration of Trinity’s 30 year anniversary.

The aims of this challenge are to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build those skills, inspire innovation and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership.

To help with the team’s fundraising efforts, go to teambacon.org.au/fundraising

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