The recent success of the year 9 and 10 IST students at the State and National RoboCup competitions was given significant help from the work of the NBCS Support Services team and in particular Ben Pridmore who created a custom-built Robot Soccer table for the students to practice with. This table has been popular with visiting educators on tours of the school.
Demonstration game of Robot Soccer for touring party
The table is no longer in use in 2012 but will be needed once the 2013 school year starts as the the students will need to prepare for the 2013 World Robotics Olympiad in Jakarta next November. In the meantime, the sheer size and weight of the table posed problems for its secure storage. Various mobile solutions were not very practical. The TAS team at NBCS however came up with a creative solution whereby the the table would remain in the Design Studio of the Greenway Centre but would have three panels of removable table tops to cover it. These table top panels have now been completed by Ben and the Support Services team. Each panel has a different surface on each side allowing for a flexible combination of cutting surfaces, whiteboard surfaces and the novelty retro blackboard surfaces.
Robot Soccer table with table tops designed for flexible learning
The table is very popular with students as they reuse a learning space that had become redundant due to the scale of the Robot Soccer table. The table is also very popular with touring educators. Because of its popularity it is hoped that a sponsorship scheme may be set up to allow advertising on the table walls. All the proceeds would go to the various NBCS Mission projects in operation around the world. If you would like to offer a sponsorship, please contact Liam Dunphy at NBCS.
Year 9 NBCS students with Team YDK were crowned RCJA (RoboCup Junior Australia) NSW Junior Robot Soccer Champions in August at UNSW and qualified automatically to enter the Australian Open. Year 10 students were also encouraged to enter the National competition due to the high levels of Artificial Intelligence programmed into their Botteroos robots.
The RCJA Australian Open took place from September 21-23 at the ANU (Australian National University) in Canberra. The NBCS students (and robots) were well supported by family members who applauded their efforts over the week-end.
Here is a short video of highlights of the RCJA Australian Open, at the ANU in Canberra from 21-23 September, 2012. The video was produced and edited by NBCS Year 9 student, Simon Worthington.
Here are official video highlights of the Australian Open from RoboCup Junior Australia
Team YDK (NSW champions) started the Saturday qualifiers with 2 wins but narrowly lost their 3rd game 4-3 and missed out on a favourable draw in the finals on Sunday. In the Round of 16 game, they scored all the goals in a closely contested 5-3 loss and so their wonderful adventure ended. Team YDK students were: Ellis Abrahams, Matt Evangelidis, Tim Mason, Ben von Stebut, Louis Wagstaff.
The Botteroos rebranded their image to become Team R2D2. They had a tough start against the Dream Team from Trinity College Collac, Victoria but bounced back to beat the Queensland champions 5-0 in their 2nd game. They won their final game on Saturday to qualify for the knock-out finals on Sunday. Just like Team YDK, Team R2D2 scored all the goals in a 5-3 Round of 16 game but fortunately they scored less own goals to progress to the Quarter-finals where they beat a Victorian team 10-4. The semi-final was a rematch of their first game against The Dream Team but despite losing, they showed significant improvement since that first game which was very encouraging. The real bonus from finishing as a semi-finalist was announced during the awards ceremony when they were officially invited to participate in the World Robotics Olympiad as one of Australia’s representatives in Jakarta next November. The Team R2D2 students are: Aaron Watson (Year 9), Cody Lovett, Niall Powers and Lachlan Stone (Year 10). Daniel Clarke (year 10) was also in the team but was unable to travel to Canberra due to Pride of Australia commitments.
Team R2D2 & Team YDK with Mr Liam Dunphy
View the full post to get more details and see more photos on the Robotics page for the Australian Open.