Marymede Catholic College students to make history at international robot contest

Marc, Leo and Christian are pumped about competing in Shanghai. (Joe Mastroianni)

By Laura Michell

Three Marymede Catholic College year 7 students are about to become the first Australian school team to compete in an international robot competition.

Marc, Leo and Christian will travel to China next week for the two-day World Educational Robot Contest in Shanghai.

The international robot contest is open to teenagers across the world.

The students will be required to work as a team, using parts made by educational robotics company Abilix to design, build and program a robot to navigate a game mat and solve

The students, who have called their team the Robo Roos, have been working in lunchtime robotics classes to develop their design and programming skills.

Marc, who started coding about four years ago, said he was fascinated with computing and robots, while Leo said he enjoyed solving problems with technology.

Christian said he was enthusiastic about the challenges to come in China.

“I’m really looking forward to the experience and spending time with my robotics teammates, but also the atmosphere of the whole event, which is going to be huge,” he said.

Kylie Buttigieg, a staff member at the South Morang school, said the boys had shown commitment and enthusiasm for the college robotics club, making them the ideal candidates for the competition.