Business help needed

Business help needed

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Robotics students Zack Roan, Isabella Bulich, Kayla Roemer-Hanisch, and Matthew Hannah at their first brainstorm meeting last week. Photograph – Kelly Pilgrim-Byrne.

Cecil Andrews Senior High School was calling for the public and business’ help to get their burgeoning robotics team to the national First robotics competition in Sydney in March.

First robotics requires teams of students to brainstorm, design, prototype and build a robot to compete in a certain game announced by organisers about a month out from the event.

Cecil Andrews is one of three schools in WA approved to take part in the competition.

Science, technology, engineering and maths coordinator John Townley said the competition gave students a taste of real work life.

“It’s for students to experience something that’s a bit more like real work life,” he said.

“It has high demands on them in terms of working together in teams, IT skills and a whole bunch of work related skills are embedded in the competition.”

He said possibly the most important thing was building students confidence to take on difficult tasks.

“It builds in students confidence in themselves and the ability to dream big and take on a massive challenge that seems really insurmountable,” he said.

“It’s a $10,000 robot kit and the technology involved is quite full on.”

Mr Townley asked businesses and residents for help sponsor or fund their trip and help them transport their robot from Perth to Sydney.

He also asked for scrap material, offcuts and hand tools to build the robot.

The students also needed mentors to work with the students.

To find out how to help call Cecil Andrews on 9497 0200 and ask for Mr Townley.