Bush Bots about to turn a dream into reality

Wee Waa High School robotics team is off to take on the best in the world

HOUSTON, HERE WE COME: The Wee Waa High School robotics team, the Bush Bots,flanked by acting principal Arron Stevens and State Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries are mentor Sharon Grellman, Sam Galagher, Noah Platt, Nicholas Morrison, Thomas Johnson, Michael Horne, mentor Jo Horne, Alice Haire, Cait Downes and Emily Shearin. Absent is mentor Steve Druce.

If you’re in any doubt about the excitement building among the members of the Wee Waa High School Bush Bots robotics team as they prepare to take on the best in the world in the US next week, just ask them.

Though they aren’t losing focus ahead of the FIRST Robotics world championships in Houston from April 18-21, an event for which the Bush Bots qualified by receiving a wildcard following their runner-up finish at the regional final in Sydney last month.

“We thought Sydney was big, but when we get over there, it’s going to be a lot bigger again and harder,” said Caitlyn Downes.

“The stages I went through (since Sydney) were excitement, disbelief, exciting again and now just nervous.”

“It’ll be very exciting and nerve wracking,” said Nicholas Morrison.

“I reckon it will be a good experience and there’ll be a lot of new things to experience,” said Sam Galagher.

One of those new things to experience for many of the Bush Bots will be overseas travel.

For six of the eight members it will be their first trip overseas - only Nicholas and Michael Horne have been out of the country before.