26 July 2021
Despite this period of remote learning, the SEMATICS 102 students (Connor, William, Alicia, Ella, Danika, Abraham and Elijah) have been kept busy representing the College over the weekend. The septet enthusiastically participated in First Lego League’s Asia Pacific Open Competition. This was a virtual event hosted by Macquarie University, Sydney, where 40 teams from across Australia and the globe competed in robot rounds and were judged on their robot’s design, innovation project and core values. Being in lockdown meant there were additional challenges to face. Coaches (Jane and Greg Hollett) set up a control centre so they could communicate with the team and still be able to stay in communication with Macquarie University organisers. The team had lots of fun interacting with each other and other teams in a virtual campus created in Virbela. Using avatars the participants were able to check out the team pit area and view an Innovation Project Showcase as well as play soccer, dance and race around the island in boats. Using the avatars the team members were also able to talk to other teams and FLL representatives. The members of SEMATICS 102 had lots of fun participating in a range of other activities which included trivia, a scavenger hunt, an amazing race around Sydney, a boomerang workshop, and a dance party. As a College we are so proud of SEMATICS 102 and their achievements during the 2020/21 RePlay season and look forward to the new 2021/22 Cargo Connect season which will be launched mid-August.