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    QSITE Robotics Rescue Competition 2019

    Written by Hugo Lawler, 6H Primary Vice Captain

    On the 22nd of June, 2019, the Freshwater College Robotics Team competed in the QSITE Robotics Rescue Competition. For the whole second term, we created our own robots to follow lines, go up ramps, go through doorways and save a victim (or in this case, an aluminium can). We won the competition, but it was no easy challenge!

    Our team had to create robots to navigate around the course by following a black line. We also had to make them turn on green intersections. When they found the silver goal line (or the ‘search for pod’ goal line) the robots had to search for the can and push it out of the ring, thus rescuing it. Some emerged victoriously. Our school sure did, because we won the competition! Here are the tiles we had to navigate:

    The tiles were not easy to navigate at all! Some robots couldn’t follow the line. Some robots couldn’t turn on green. Some robots couldn’t find the can. It was a very hectic day, full of surprises. One day the robot works, another it doesn’t. Luckily some of ours did on the day. Robotics will become an essential part of everyone’s lives. Starting robotics early in life will be a rock-hard foundation for the future. We want more people involved, who are interested, enthusiastic and can contribute to the Freshwater College Robotics Club.

    As the founding member, I would like to say a big thank you to Mr Matson, as he has supported the Freshwater College Robotics Club for 3 years. It is great to see how successful the Club has become in those 3 years. Congratulations to everyone who put their efforts into learning and solving problems. I would also like to say thanks to the QSITE team for running the whole event, and to everyone who participated in the competition. Don’t forget everyone, we still have next year, good luck!