MORUYA High School students can hold their heads high after bringing home a ninth and eighteenth placing at the national RoboCup competition in Adelaide.
The rescue team placed eighteenth out of 41 teams and the lightweight soccer team came in ninth, an improvement on eleventh place in 2014, at the competition.
Using NXT software, the six students programmed and built robots to navigate a course or sense a soccer ball using infrared technology.
Julian Crosby, year 8, Jali Stone, year 10, and Ryley Spoelder-Hanlon, year 7, entered the soccer category as team “A Three-year Old”.
Jali was pleased with his teams result.
“It was challenging,” she said.
“Our robots were not as well designed as other teams.
“I learnt so much and it was a really good experience.”
Max Cooper, year 7, Dakoda Tasker, year 8, and Declan Ashford, year 8, competed in the rescue category as team “DMD”.
Declan said his team would make its robot faster for the next competition.
“Most of the schools are technical schools,” he said.
“I liked the courses though and I made friends with lots of other students.”
Moruya High School IT teacher Catherine Webber said the students continued to improve their skills at the competition.
“All the robots worked well,” she said.
“Programs for the rescue team performed well but the competition was very tough.
“The soccer robots were great but the students have already worked out how to make them better.”
Ms Webber said the students will change the design of their robots for the next competition.
“Ideas started to flow after we saw some of the other teams’ robots,” she said.
During the competition, the Moruya students learnt skills from schools across Australia.
“The soccer team become great friends with a student from Fort Street High School and helped him during the quarters, semis and final,” Ms Webber said.
Ms Webber said the students cooperated to achieve their results.