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Students show robotic skills at nationals

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Last updated 05:00 07/03/2014
Robotics
ENGINEERING SUCCESS: ACG Strathallan student Shaun Kyle competes in the Kiwibots VEX Robotics Nationals, where the school team won the programming skills category.

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Teams of budding young engineers from around the country proved their robot-making prowess at this year's Kiwibots national champs.

The three-day competition at the Vodafone Events Centre last weekend saw 60 teams score points through skill games played using robots built with a VEX Robotics Design System kit.

Based on the results, five teams have been chosen to travel to Los Angeles in April to compete in the world championship.

National manager of the charitable trust Kiwibots Chris Hamling says New Zealand has sent teams to the world championships for the past five years and has come home with the world title every year.

Teams spend months preparing for the national and world champs through smaller regional competitions, aiming to "create a passion for science and technology in students", Mr Hamling says.

Heading to the world championships this year are Karaka's Strathallan College, Feilding High School, Otumoetai College, Lynfield College and home-schooled team Free Range Robotics.

Email Chris Hamling on c.hamling@vexrobotics.co.nz for information on Kiwibots competitions.

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- Manukau Courier

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