Wee Waa High School Bush Bots could take on the world

Houston, we have a contender

TIRED BUT THRILLED: A happy if weary Bush Bots robotics team with some of their spoils on arrival back in Narrabri Shire yesterday afternoon after the long road trip from Sydney, mentor Steve Druce, Thomas Johnson, Cait Downes, Nicholas Morrison, Sam Galagher, Michael Horne, Alice Haire, Emily Shearin, mentors David and Sharon Grellman and Jo Horne. Absent were team member Noah Platt (who was unable to make the trip as he was competing at a state speedway championship) and mentors Peter Horne and Michael Haire.

As achievements go, it is almost impossible to overstate the one of Wee Waa High School’s Bush Bots robotics team at the weekend.

The Bush Bots, who in their short history have already built up an impressive reputation, went up against the best teams from around Australia, and even contenders from Turkey, Taiwan and India in the FIRST robotics regional final in Sydney.

But being possibly the smallest school in the competition didn’t faze them - they finished runners-up, earning a possible trip to Houston for the world final next month.

It was a remarkable effort.

“We’re a country school competing in a global competition,” teacher mentor Steve Druce said.