Congratulations to all of the after school RoboClub students who competed in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) National – West event at Curtin University last Saturday. 48 teams took part on the day including our team, the Coolbinia Mechanics.

The theme of this year’s FIRST LEGO League is City Shapers and is all about problem solving what solutions we need to help make cities thrive into the future. The teams took part in four events over the day which included:

  • Robot Game (programming a LEGO EV3 robot to navigate, capture, transport, activate, or deliver objects around a city),
  • Innovation Project (identifying a problem in cities, designing a solution and then sharing the solution with others and sharing it in a 5-minute presentation, followed by a 5 minute interview ),
  • Robot Design (10 minute interview about the robot design for the Robot Game) and
  • Core Values (demonstrating how the teams have shown Discovery, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork and Fun through their FLL journey).

Coolbinia Mechanics were 1st for their Innovative Solution Project!  All the students were outstanding on the day and can be incredibly proud of what they achieved. The Innovation Project solution was a Micro:bit Sensor cycle helmet to repel swooping magpies.  In all aspects of this project the students responded to feedback given at the FLL Regional event and improved their presentation and solution significantly during the week between the two events.  This extra effort resulted in being placed 1st out of 48 teams for the Innovation Solution Project!

The highlights included being interviewed for the event, amassing a best score of 265 points in the Robot Game and attending a celebratory closing ceremony in the lecture theatre where the team were awarded the Innovative Solution Award for their swooping magpie helmet repellent prototype which beat all other 48 teams in the process and therefore was the leading project idea in WA! An extraordinary achievement and a real team effort from all the students (both the Mechanics and the Coolbinia Skyscrapers), teachers (who have donated a significant amount of their own time for the project) and family members (who have offered enthusiastic support throughout) involved. In addition to this I would like to make special mention to ex-student Jordan Reubenson who has attended a large proportion of RoboClub sessions this year and whose experience and expertise has been a valuable part of the FLL success.

Again we are very proud that the students received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the judges about how they conducted themselves during the day, including going above and beyond to meet, help and collaborate with other students from other teams.

Looking forward to more Coolbinia robotics adventures in 2020!