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Robot team takes top prize

Last updated 14:09 21/11/2012

PAPAKURA'S FINEST: The championship-winning team at the Auckland regional robotics competition last weekend was made up of students from ACG Strathallan and Ramarama School - from left, Tonii Ruiterman, Tim Harrington and Ethan Kyle. James Harrington was not present.

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Building futuristic robots isn't only a job for adults - just ask these brainy locals.

Team Antimatter, made up of four kids from ACG Strathallan and Ramarama School, took out first prize at an Auckland regional robotics competition last weekend.

Twenty-eight teams of 8- to 14-year-olds competed but Antimatter was the supreme winner, garnering the overall champion's award for excellence and innovation in both the robot game and project parts of the competition.

The team also took out the Robot Performance Award with an impressive score of 383 points.

Judges and robot game referees said they were impressed by the standard of both robots and challenge projects.

The competition, known as the First Lego League challenge, was held at ACG Strathallan in Karaka.

Along with 11 other Auckland teams Antimatter will now step up and face the challenges at this Saturday's <November 24 > New Zealand championships, also at Strathallan, and the high-fliers will also head to the World Championships in the United States next April.

The robotics challenge is part of an international programme which aims to help students solve real-world problems by combining imagination with science and technology.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the national event this weekend, which will include a demonstration of more complex robotics.

Entry is free. The best time for spectators is from 12.30pm.

Strathallan is at Hayfield Way, RD1, Papakura. Call Jeremy on 021 672 535 for more information. 

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