Willcock Warriors to defend Lego design title in 2017

Posted on: Tuesday, 14 February 2017 at 11:00:36 AM

Willcock Warriors prepare to defend Lego League design title in 2017

John Willcock College’s First Lego League team, the Willcock Warriors, are already preparing their 2017 campaign after winning the Mechanical Design category at the Robotics competition in Perth during December 2016.

It was the first time John Willcock College participated in the challenge, which is run in heats all around the world.

The competition involves students working in teams to design and build a robot and then program it to complete challenges like moving a Lego animal around the game board.

The John Willcock team of 10 students competed against more than sixty teams from schools across Western Australia placing first in the Mechanical Design section and seventh for Teamwork.

Year Eight John Willcock College Student Jasmine Carcuevas was nominated by her teammates as the most valuable player for all of the thought and time she put into the design of the robot.

“We had to think about how to stop on the black line, how to turn, how many rotations of the wheels and steps it took to move around the game board”, Miss Carcuevas said.

The robot took around four days to build and many more hours to learn to program and practice with before heading to Perth to compete at Curtin University.

“We were so happy because even though it took a long time to do all the missions, we never expected to win anything.”

“The judges said our robot was perfect because it could go through the course, it was medium sized and not too big,” she said.

John Willcock College Science teacher Hollie Roberts coached the students and was one of the teachers who accompanied them to Perth.

She said two or three teams of students will attend the Western Australian competition this year.

“It is so good for the students to compete with other like minded people, I think they really enjoyed the excitement of the large crowd and friendly competition with other teams,” Ms Roberts said.

The 2016 robots have been deconstructed and new teams will start from scratch later this year.

“We didn’t have any preconceived ideas about what a good design is, we just did heaps of research.”

“I think they did so well on the design because the students had the opportunity to try something they had not experienced before,” she said.

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