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Junior RoboCup 2019
[Vision: Students at RoboCup using technology]
Kathy Coultas - Director, Strategic Technology Partnerships
Today’s event is RoboCup.
This is a national competition actually started in Victoria.
It’s really about kids coming together using technology, specifically robotics, to solve a whole lot of problems.
[Vision: Students using robots and being interviewed - girls dancing - students playing soccer]
So today you can see a whole lot of girls which is exciting, and they’re doing dance moves.
We’ve got kids playing soccer.
[Vision: Student explaining how the rescue robot works - Kathy Coultas speaking]
There’s kids doing rescues.
So it’s really about skill development and teaching kids that they can innovate with technology and solve problems.
[Vision: Student building a robot - rescue course in action]
Taliesin Lowe - Student
In the rescue course we follow a line to the end tile which is representing like a chemical spill in somewhere that like a person or a firefighter wouldn’t be able to get to.
[Vision: View of can representing valuable that needs rescuing by the robot – student with her fingers crossed]
The robot then enters that green spill to capture a can representing something valuable that needs to be rescued from the chemical spill.
[Vision: Robots programmed to play soccer autonomously]
Leo Louis - Student
We’ve got a bunch of soccer competitions right now, and we’ve designed and built a robot that’s designed to follow a ball and get it in the goal autonomously, so you don’t have to use a remote control.
[Vision: People looking at robotics in action - girls dancing]
Ruby Lockman - Student
Having this event it means that students get a chance to go outside their school and compete against other schools.
[Vision: Students being interviewed and explaining about their robots - close-up of robot dressed as a doll]
You know, it means that we can develop friendships and we can also learn lots of different things like how to program robots.
[Vision: View of robots playing soccer and students looking on]
Evan Bailey - RCJA Treasurer & Secretary, RCJV State Chair
What the students are learning is highly applicable throughout their future studies and also in the real-world workforce, even basic coding and engineering skills are great in almost any profession.
[Vision: Close-up of robot being controlled by mobile phone - student using computer - student with robot - overhead view of rescue robot courses - Kathy Coultas speaking]
We know that kids are great consumers of tech.
And today’s about saying 'hey, try and create your own tech to solve your problems'.
[Vision: Leo Louis speaking - student explaining rescue course and dancing]
You know, if you can do this in Year 9 or 10 or whatever, imagine what you can do in the future.
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