Ardoch-supported Newcomb school competes in National Lego Robotics Championship

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On December 10, Year 5 and 6 students from Christ the King Catholic Primary School in Newcomb, Geelong will be participating in the National FIRST Lego League championship – a competition for upper-primary and lower-secondary school students to build, design and program a robot. 

To reach this stage, they had to compete against over 35 primary and secondary school teams in Victoria, which included some of the top state and private schools. On November 20, the school won second spot at the Victorian FIRSTLego League and entered the National championship. 

This success story was made possible through the school’s partnership with Ardoch. Recognising the growing importance of STEM to the future of Australian children (nearly 75 per cent of the fastest growing jobs of the future will require STEM skills), one of its signature programs is LEGO Robotics that helps students engage with STEM subjects in a fun and relevant way. 

Christ the King school signed up to this program. As a result, it was provided with Lego Robotic EV 3 kits for its students, and connected with volunteers from Deakin University, which included students of Computer Engineering Johannes Long and Joseph Ford. The volunteers worked with the students for eight weeks, teaching them the fundamentals of robotics, and preparing them for the FIRST Lego League. During this time, they also participated in a workshop held by Associate Professor Matthew Joordens (Deakin University). 

Each year, the League sets out a challenge for the students to resolve through their robot. This year, the challenge was to identify a problem when people and animals interact and design a solution that makes the interaction better for animals, people, or both. The participating students of Christ the King decided to tackle the problem of North Pacific Seastar inadvertently being brought into Corio Bay from Japan in cargo ships. As a result of their excellent performance, the students won the “Research Award” and also came in second in the league. 

The student’s successful performance is a great example of how children can overcome socio-economic disadvantage to excel in their education through the combined support of philanthropy, community and workplaces. 

We wish the students of Christ the King School the very best for the upcoming National Championship on December 10. 

UPDATE: The students of Christ the King Catholic Primary School won the 5th spot in the Robotics category of the national championship on December 10. Ardoch is proud of have supported the students!

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Ardoch-supported Newcomb school comes second in State Lego Robotics Championship