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Robot races, rescues and soccer this weekend

retro_robot The Australian Open of RoboCup Junior will be held on the UTAS Sandy Bay campus this weekend (Saturday 24 and Sunday 25).

RoboCup Junior is an international robotics competition for children from primary school age to Grade 12. It is an entertaining and educational experience for all involved.

It combines Information Technology skills with hands-on engineering to meet the following challenges:

  • Dance: any number of robots dance with their owners or act out a theatrical performance.
  • Rescue: robots race against the clock to follow a path, avoiding obstacles to locate and rescue a victim
  • Soccer: teams of two robots are pitted against each other in games of soccer using an infrared emitting soccer ball.

The RCJA Australian Open is a National competition that helps determine the teams that will participate at the International RoboCup Junior in 2012.

Teams (involving more than 350 students) will be coming from all over Australia and from New Zealand to compete.

This year’s action comes hot on the heels of the wonderful success that three teams from Tasmania had as Australia’s representatives in Istanbul, Turkey at the recent World RoboCup
Junior Championships.

Registrations indicate more than 160 teams participating, with more than half of those being from outside of Tasmania.

The event will be hosted by Robotics Tasmania, who are building on the success of the past 9 RCJ Tasmania State Finals competitions (also at UTAS).

The venue for the tournament will be located in both the Arts Lecture Theatre and the Stanley Burbury Theatre at UTAS Sandy Bay campus.

Spectators will number in the thousands over both days.

Published on: 23 Sep 2011 11:49am