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STEM outreach: AARNet staff mentor students for FIRST Robotics Competition

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Building a robot

We’re proud to be a sponsor of the 2015 FIRST Robotics Australian Regional Competition, to be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on March 13 and 14. This is our second year as a FIRST Robotics Competition sponsor and student mentor.

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FIRST (for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics is an internationally acclaimed robotics program that inspires a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in young people.

The program’s competitions combine the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.  It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get.

AARNet staff are among the volunteer professional mentors lending their time and talents to guide teams competing in the upcoming FIRST Robotics Australian Regional Competition. We’re involved in the fast-paced six-week lead up to the event, mentoring high school students from Barker College, an AARNet-connected K-12 School in Sydney.

WATCH this video created by Barker College, featuring highlights of 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition action:


About FIRST Robotics

Founded in the USA in 1989, FIRST Australia was established at Macquarie University in 2006. Since then, FIRST Australia has partnered with schools and universities across Australia with teams and competitions held in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

Australian teams have enjoyed remarkable success attending the FIRST World Championship Tournament each year from 2006 to 2014.

How to Participate

Find out how your school can participate in the FIRST Robotics program

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