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TCC success at CQUniversity Robotics competition

18 August, 2021
Celebrating their success are members of The Cathedral College Robotics team who placed first in the Secondary Soccer Challenge and third in the Secondary Rescue Mission with College Robotics Club coordinator, IT staff member, David Arnold.

Teams from The Cathedral College Robotics Club won the Soccer championship and placed third in the Secondary Rescue mission at the CQUniversity Junior Robotics Competition recently, which attracted schools from across Central Queensland and beyond, as far south as Caboolture.

The intensely fierce contest brought together the best brains in school robotics for a highly anticipated day of competition following the cancellation of last year’s event.

Deadlocked at 3-3 at fulltime in the Soccer final, the team’s fast thinking and flexibility prevailed.

The College’s STEM Coordinator Mr Fred Olsson said by solving technical problems and improving their coding when circumstances changed, they scored another two goals in overtime to clinch the win.

“It was very nerve wracking, but the students were amazing under pressure” he said.

Over the past 18 months The Cathedral College Robotics Club have been tinkering, designing and refining their robots in preparation for the competition.

The club, an initiative of Colby Grieves, a Year 8 student at the time, was formed at the start of 2020 through the support of Academic Dean of Business and Information Technology Miss Karen McCall and the College’s P&F Association.

Run by IT Support Staff member Mr David Arnold the club meets weekly and is a hive of activity of students engaged in learning in a fun and interactive way forming friendships and creating memories.

St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School Emerald also enjoyed success at the competition running out winners in the Primary Rescue event and second in the Primary Dance section.