24 July 2015
On the 21st of July, Glennie’s first Search and Rescue team for the Middle and Senior Years competed at the USQ Regional Robotics competition held at the Clive Berghofer Centre at the University of Southern Queensland. The day was full of challenges and much experimenting with programs, testing our own resilience and knowledge of the Lego Mindstorms program. The competition was fierce, with 18 different teams in the secondary division. The two most prominent schools were, Brisbane Boys College and Toowoomba Christian College, entered 13 and 9 teams respectively and had plenty of experience. Watching the seasoned competitors was a great learning experience, and helped us to solve some of the problems that arose throughout the competition. The courses we had to complete were daunting, but we steadily improved from 30, in the first round, to 35, to 65 in the third and final round, bringing us to a total of 130 and placing us 10th on the leaderboard.
Needless to say, we were very proud of our achievement and improvement throughout the day, especially due to the fact that we were the first Glennie team to enter in this kind of competition. A big thank you to Mrs McPhie for the Robotics afternoons which she has been running since Term 1 this year, providing tutoring and guidance with the programming, access to the technology and tools, and for accompanying us to the event. Also, a big thank you to Dan, who came out from USQ to help us with our programming.
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Rebecca Hallahan (Year 9), Anne Crosby (Year 10) and Alexandra Larsen (Year 12)