On Monday 19th August three teams from Gordon East Public School, Denzel, Pandas and MCNTS, competed in the Robocup On Stage State Competition. I was so very proud of what they achieved and the children had lots of fun.
This is what the competition was all about.
RoboCup Junior OnStage Performance
RoboCup Junior OnStage Performance is a stunning integration of Science, Technology and the Arts. Participants challenge themselves to design, build and program their robots to dance to music. This performance may be in the form of a dance in time with the beat of the music, story-telling or even a theatrical presentation.
Competitors are encouraged to decorate their entries and motorise robot limb movements, to give their robots real personality and the performance real appeal. RoboCup Junior OnStage Performance can be approached in a number of ways with creative new ideas appearing every year. Some previous ideas have been robots dancing together in tightly choreographed teams, students interacting with their robots, students creating their own music to dance to and students telling a story while the robots act it out. The OnStage Performance Challenge is a real team effort with each student playing their role to design, program, create and perform.
The teams worked hard on their programs and robot designs.
Our students waiting to perform.
Have a look at the videos of their On Stage Performances.
The ‘Magic Show’ by Hamilton South Primary School was exceptional. The girls apparently spent 15 weekends at home with two fathers crafting their excellent work. They had 9 robots, custom made props and much more. Their excellence did in no way detract from the fantastic job that our GEPS teams did as our students completed their projects at school and the entries were entirely their own work.
It was, however, very exciting to watch the Magic Show as it was an excellent example of what can be achieved with a huge amount of effort and help. It has certainly given us something to work towards next year.
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