A great triumph for QASMT Robotics Teams at the FIRST Tech Challenge Queensland State Regionals

QASMT Robotics teams had a great triumph at the FIRST Tech Challenge Queensland State Regionals on Saturday. Our two teams together bagged the majority of the awards: Winning Alliance Award (i.e., 1st place), Finalist Alliance Award (i.e., 2nd place), Rockwell Collins Innovate Award and PTC Design Award.

Team Zak Burke, Emily Painter, Treffery Webb, Yury Minkin, Erin Drinkwell and Alexandra Crawley took home Winning Alliance Award and Rockwell Collins Innovate Award as well as a $500 grant for them to travel down to Sydney to compete in the FTC Australia Nationals. A special mention goes to Alexandra Crawley, who has been actively working with her teammates over the past few weeks while at the same time preparing for the mentally and physically challenging IB exams, not to mention she still has two exams to do. We salute you!

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Team Josh Gilligan, David Nguyen, Neil Zhang, Eric Lang, Dennis Wang and Mark Teoh took home Finalist Alliance Award and PTC Design Award as well as a $500 grant for them also to travel down to Sydney to compete in the FTC Australia Nationals.

Words fail to do justice to how marvellously the robot in Josh’s team performed at the competition, so watch the video below. Their robot is the only one in Queensland (perhaps also in Australia) that is able to lift a gym ball from the ground up to more than 150 cm high and then carefully place it on top of a structure. The feat was so mesmerising that the whole audience at the venue exploded into relieving cheers the moment it was accomplished.

QASMT Robotics surely is the best and finest in Queensland. Please join me in celebrating their successes and wishing them even greater achievement in the upcoming FTC Australia Nationals.

Adam Juang, QASMT Teacher/Robotics Coordinator