Camden teams take out international robotics competition

Team work: Macarthur Anglican FIRST robotics team (from left) Samuel Egan, Stuart McIntosh, Ethan Wupper, Ben McGuinness and James Tegal with the robot they built for the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition.

Team work: Macarthur Anglican FIRST robotics team (from left) Samuel Egan, Stuart McIntosh, Ethan Wupper, Ben McGuinness and James Tegal with the robot they built for the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition.

With their custom built robots in hand, two teams from Camden emerged winners from an international robotics competition.

Macarthur Anglican School and a Camden based community team competed against teams from Australia, China, South Korea, Mexico and the USA in the annual Asia Pacific Invitational at Macquarie University recently.

The event was part of the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Tech Challenge, an annual robotics competition for high school students keen on engineering and technology.

Teams of up to 10 students competed in three tests — programming their robots to move 48 yellow bricks into goal scoring areas and raise a flag up a flagpole at the same time as the robot raised itself off the ground using a pull-up bar.

Macarthur Anglican’s team — the Mechanical Drop Bears — finished in fifth place and was awarded the Connect award for for best connecting with their community. They were also finalists in the design award.

The Indivisibles, a community team from Camden, won the Inspire award — the highest award of the competition — and were finalists in the connect, innovate and think awards.

Professor Michael Heimlich, acting head of Macquarie University’s Department for Engineering, said: ‘‘Awards are given out for various areas of expertise but the Inspire Award is reserved for the team that acts as a role model team by demonstrating competency in all areas.

‘‘This year the Inspire Award was given to The Indivisibles for their work in merging all FIRST programs in NSW, Australia, and beyond.’’

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