The Trinity BaCoNeers were impressed by the world of engineering on their trip to the First Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championships in St Louis, United States of America (USA) representing Australia.
The team was chosen to participate in the challenge in April this year after they were awarded overall Australian Champions for their performance at the Australian National Championships, receiving the Inspire Award.
The FTC aims to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in programs that builds those skills, inspires innovation and fosters well-rounded life capabilities, including self-confidence, communication and leadership.
The BaCoNeers brought home the award for best Pit Design competing against 128 other teams and Sue O’Malley, teacher and team coach who travelled with the team to the USA said, “The challenge competition opened their eyes to the enormity of what students can achieve when they have skilled mentors, common purpose and a challenge.”
“Over 40,000 people attended the championships in the Edward Jones Dome, St Louis and the Trinity BaCoNeers quickly stood out as a friendly, outgoing group who were eager to learn and share their experiences,” Sue said.
“Our robot performed well, winning two of our matches, but it was clear we still have a long way to go.
“Best of all, we doubled our previous high score and successfully completed all aspects of the game,” Sue said.
During the trip to Disneyland the team enjoyed learning about Walt Disney and how he overcame incredible difficulties to create the parks and insights about the development and design of the parks. Around the parks they took part in activities in team work, leadership and animation. They also visited Hollywood, Legoland, Walmart and the Cardinals Baseball game.
Head of Build, Trinity’s Tristan Seppelt spent time working with other teams and developing plans for their next robot, while Head of Programming, Haydn Trigg, quickly adapted their programming to a new format and really impressed the RobotC development team with his innovative ideas.
“We were honoured to win the award for best Pit Design and the marketing team should be congratulated on the outstanding job they did,” Sue said.
The BaCoNeers are gearing up for the 2014-2015 season and will compete in the Asia-Pacific Invitational in Sydney this July. Their goal for the year is to help develop three new FTC teams in South Australia so scrimmage matches can be held locally. If any schools or community groups wish to learn more about FTC or how to set up a team, please contact Sue at Trinity on 8523 8109.