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Atherton High Students Coding their Way to Success

 
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This year Atherton State High School initiated the STEMS: Coding and Robotics club to cater for students wanting to participate in the field of Robotics.   Teachers, Roy McPherson and Matthew Lawrence have been supporting students, meeting one lunch hour a week in teams to program Lego Mindstorms robots and engineer them to meet challenges focused on the competition that is held at the end of each term. The competitions, run by the school of Distance Education are; Term 1: Sumo wrestling, Term 2: Dance and Rescue and Term 3: Drag Racing. They are possibly introducing soccer in the future.  At the end of Term 2, Atherton High sent three teams to compete in the Robocup Rescue section of the competition at the School of Distance Education in Cairns. Robocup is a Lego sponsored event that students can represent up to an International level. The students represented the school and themselves with distinction, picking up 1st, 3rd and 5th places dominating the first half of the field. In 1st place, the team ‘Enterprise’ comprising Year 7’s Conor Stevenson, Connor Ferguson and Michael Dilger won and will now be representing North Queensland at the State championships in Brisbane to be held on the 13th and 14th of August.  This achievement is special considering all year 7 students competed against senior students from other schools.  Well Done!  In 3rd place, ‘Progress’ comprising  Year 7s Thomas Lawrence, Aiden Jaggard and Dylan Stanford also picked up a special mention and received an encouragement award.  In 5th place, ‘ATM’ comprising Tahnie Dilger and Alex Rodgers were neck and neck with the teams above them and were placing 3rd for most of the competition.  Later in the year, students will have opportunities to do “the hour of code”, programming using Minecraft and 3D modelling and 3D printing with 2 of the schools 3D printers.  We wish the State Finalists good luck in August and look forward to hearing more academic success from our STEMS: Coding and Robotics teams into the future.
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Last reviewed 08 April 2020
Last updated 08 April 2020