Bound for RoboCup Junior World Championships

Over the break, a party of 51 Robotics students travelled to Melbourne to compete in the RoboCup Junior Australia Championships.

Over 800 competitors from all around Australia, as well as teams from China, Korea and Croatia competed in the Championships. A great weekend was has by all. The quality of robots and programming is increasing every year and becoming more challenging.

Brisbane Boys’ College fielded 22 teams in the competition with mixed success. Our Open Soccer team placed second with a score of 16 -18 after a nail biting 20 minute competition that could have gone either way. It was a most entertaining game and every credit goes to both teams for their sportsmanship. In Lightweight Soccer, teams performed admirably and placed first and second. All three soccer teams have qualified to represent Australia in the RoboCup Junior 2019 World Championships in Sydney in July next year.

Our Rescue teams performed very well even though none were placed in the competition. In Secondary Rescue the highest position was fourth with seven teams in the top twenty positions. Primary rescue teams placed fifth and eighth.

The students were great ambassadors for the College with a number of teams assisting other schools, helping with construction, advice and programming hints to enable them to be competitive. Brisbane Boys’ College Robotics is recognised as the benchmark for excellence in robotics globally.

All boys were returned to their parents on Sunday night and earned a well-deserved rest after programming and troubleshooting until the wee hours of Saturday and Sunday morning. I was pleased with the behaviour of all the boys and proud of their sportsmanship.

Thanks to Mr Barkley and Mrs Lummis, robotics trainers Steven Lau, Andrew Su, Nakul Doshi, Tom Fraser and Will Plummer, as well as a number of parents for their supervision of the boys over the weekend.