Tournament Day! #animalallies 2016

On November 27, 2016, the Robotic Rebels and The Motherboards attended their first ever FLL robotics tournament, held at Curtin University. While it was at times an overwhelming experience for their coach, the girls really enjoyed the day – and actually did rather well. The Robotic Rebels came fourth overall in the Robot Game; and The Motherboards placed second in the Presentation category.

These are some of the photo highlights from the day. Thank you to our parents, and Rachel Barret Photography, for their generous sharing of the tournament photos.

The Robotic Rebels 


The Motherboards

Photo by Rachael Barrett

Photo by Rachael Barrett



What is a robot?

Last term, as an introduction to the new Iona Robotics program, the Year 6 students sought to answer the question – “What is a robot?”

The students chose a robot to investigate, exploring their component hardware and software, and how they can be programmed to perform certain tasks, sense their environment, and sometimes make autonomous decisions based on sensor input.

First Steps in LEGO Robotics

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Over the past two weeks, our new Year 5 and 6 robotics teams have begun familiarising themselves with building with LEGO robotics components and the requirements of the FIRST LEGO League competition.

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Our Year 5 team were tasked with building our first LEGO robots, which will be used to explore basic programming this term – focussing on moving forward and turning. The girls rapidly discovered that following LEGO build instructions wasn’t as easy as they had thought! Thankfully, we switched to the slightly less complicated design provided by Damien Kee! Lesson learned.

The Year 6s have started building the LEGO models for FLL Trash Trek, and spent last week inquiring into how robots work in the real world. We hope to share their presentations and findings next week.

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Welcome to our new robotics blog!

In late 2015, Iona PS won a FIRST LEGO League Robotics grant from FIRST Australia, in partnership with Google. This grant has helped us to set up a small LEGO Robotics program for 2016, which will enable 18 upper primary girls to compete in the 2016 “Animal Allies” FLL competition.

The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is part of an international student robotics competition which focuses on high level problem solving, critical thinking, coding, and finding solutions to real world problems, such as natural disasters, trash, and aged care.

Mr Graffin, and the robotics girls, are looking forward to sharing their FLL adventure over the coming year!