More than 300 students from around the state went into Orbit when the 2018 First Lego League Challenge was held in Wollongong on Saturday 25 November.
Every year, teams of up to 10 students build, program and compete with a robot, while also learning about a modern problem in science and engineering and developing solutions for it.
After months of designing and programming Lego Mindstorms robots, Hastings Secondary College Pocket Rockets competed in the state First Lego League Championships to solve physical and social problems faced by humans during space exploration.
The teams were judged on the challenge rounds, the design of their robots and their core values, which must align with the FIRST® LEGO® League core values, including teamwork, Coopertition®, and Gracious Professionalism®. This aspect of FIRST® LEGO® League is designed to develop the students of today into the responsible citizens of tomorrow.
The Pocket Rockets won the Judges Award for sharing in the fun and working with the College primary feeder schools. These young ladies continued to share their knowledge throughout the day with gracious professionalism and even designed a game to engage other students.
These inspirational young ladies came up with their own game where other students have three goes to pick up a lolly. The lollies represent space junk.
The Pocket Rockets have been selected to attend the National Final and will compete in Sydney on 8 and 9 December.
Through this celebration of good qualities, these competitions seek to make students into better competitors, citizens, problem-solvers and engineers.
Up to 70 teams will be invited to attend the National Championships. The top teams will advance from the Australian National Championship 2018 and will receive invitations to compete internationally, including exclusive invites to the World Championships in the USA in 2019.
Thank you to Mr Lane for driving the bus and being an awesome mentor to these young ladies and a big shout out to Mrs Coad for being there for the girls and keeping us up-to-date with how they were performing.
The girls dropped into the 'Blow Hole' at Kiama as a treat to wind-down after the competition.