Rise of the robots at Wee Waa High School

An initiative to bring cutting-edge science to the bush made its way to Wee Waa last week.

From left, Wee Waa High teacher, and mentor for the robotics project, Steve Druce, a student from North West University, Seattle Anna Fitch, Douglas Anderson, University of South Australia lecturer Adam Jenkins, Jordan Morrison, Montana Jones, Tom Pattison, Abby Downes, Charles Young seated, Cait Downes, Noah Platt and science teacher Sharon Grellman on Friday. The students are building a robot, with the help of a visiting team of experts, to contest the FIRST Robotics Asia Pacific final in March.

Wee Waa High School students and their teachers are on a roll with robotics.

The school is ahead of many country high schools in taking students into the world of the future - robotics and mechatronics.

Students have embarked on a project which will see them compete, with their robot, in the FIRST Robotics Asia Pacific final on March 18 and 19 at Olympic Park in Sydney.

A NASA engineer and a robotics experts spent a day and a half at Wee Waa High School last week to help the ‘Robots in the Outback’ Rookie team get underway with building a robot that they will then take to compete at the FIRST Robotics Competition regional event in Sydney.

The FIRST Robotics Competition began in the US but is now a global robotics program funded by Fortune 500 companies which have an engineering, science and IT dimension to their business.

The purpose of the competition is to encourage young people around the world who have an interest in science, IT and engineering, and to assist them in fast tracking their experience and skills.