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RoboCoast kicked off 2020

RoboCoast kicked off 2020 with the first EV3 Immersion day hosted by Chancellor State College. With over a 128 participants, it was a fantastic day for the development of robotics in South East Queensland. Students were able to engage in two workshops targeted at skill development to enable schools to take part in the Sunshine Coast’s largest robotics competition set to take place is May – RoboRAVE Australia. Teachers were introduced to the exciting new Lego platform Spike Prime and explored the possibilities this new system can offer.

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Starting with driving a robot to ending the day in a battle royale competition, students within the beginner’s workshop got a taste for all things Sumo. RoboRAVE will feature both Lego only and Open categories of Sumo meaning students could enter any kind of robotics platform at the event. Both teachers and students alike realised by the end of the day the excitement that only Sumo can bring. We look forward to this energy coming our way in May. Special thanks to Sandi Wallace and Wade Thompson for leading this workshop.

The advanced workshop saw students investigating the mathematics behind complex robotics systems. They spent the day pushing their robots to the limits and tuning them to be as fast and accurate as possible (not an easy task!). With over 42 students and 11 teachers taking part in the advanced workshop, it was very rewarding for the RoboCoast team to see our programs developing to this point.

Thanks to everyone involved in the day.

Justin Pembroke

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