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Merrimac students code their way to international success

Tech-savvy students from Merrimac State High School placed first at the World Robot Summit 2018 in Tokyo.

​​A team of tech-savvy teens from Merrimac State High School are robotics champions of the world, for the second year running, taking out top honours at the World Robot Summit 2018 in Tokyo.

Talented students from across the globe came together on 17–21 October to compete across various categories which involved designing, building and coding robots to solve issues.

Principal Chris Tobin said the Merrimac students performed very well and received special recognition by the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence.

"We are tremendously proud of our students for their performance on the international stage, showcasing their STEAM skills and the future of robots to the world," Mr Tobin said.

"Our students were given the only award offered by the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence in recognition of an outstanding code they developed to promote literacy and numeracy learning in the early years - an extraordinary achievement!

"We have one of Australia's top robotics programs here at Merrimac State High School, and this recent success certainly builds on the last three years' progress in developing a world-class STEAM program."

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) teacher Daniel Ricardo led the team in Tokyo and coached them through various challenges.

"We were excited to have two teams of Years 10–12 students and alumni attend this year," Mr Ricardo said.

"Team one were challenged to design and build their own robot to undertake a set range of tasks, including navigating an obstacle course, picking up and placing objects and following other robots.

"Team two participated in the school challenge where they designed and developed code to program a humanoid robot to assist student learning.​

"After five days of competition, both teams were awarded the best coded and documented solution, and I couldn’t be prouder of their efforts."

To find out more visit the Merrimac State High School website.

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Last updated
29 January 2019