Canberra Trip 2014
Between the 22 and 25 of August, eleven students from the robotics team flew over to Canberra to attend the first VEX Robotics scrimmage between Australia and New Zealand. The event was sponsored by Northrop Grumman with the aim of establishing VEX robotics in Australia.
The New Zealand teams helped to mentor teams from Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra in friendly competition and workshop sessions to enable the Australian teams to return to their home cities and establish competitions.
On the first day, we arrived and set up at Dickson College before taking a tour of the schools technology department. During the second and third days, the scrimmage and workshops were held. Students competed, learned from each other and networked while teachers discussed strategies to ensure the success of the VEX competition in Australia.
At the end of the event the team visited the Australian War Memorial Museum where we were honoured to be able to participate in the Last Post ceremony. Our oldest and youngest students, Marco Tyler Rodrigue and Matteo Mazer layed a wreath at the reflection pool to remember all the fallen soldiers.
Finally on the fourth day, we visited the Australian Institute of Sport and the Questacon which is a science and technology centre. We learnt a lot about technology, chemistry, physics and physiology in an engaging and interactive environment. We had a lot of fun traveling to Canberra to help the Aussies. We learnt a lot and hopefully we will compete with Australian teams in future trans-Tasman competitions.