Bot builders need to lift their game

01:21, Aug 01 2014
timaru tbhs tghs ben sorenson luke galbraith jordan gavan sam tindall thomas youngson summer jolly aeneas jolly
ROBO COMP: Members of the robotics team going to the Vex kiwi-bot competition, from left, Ben Sorenson, Luke Galbraith, Jordan Gavan , Sam Tindall, Thomas Youngson, Summer Jolly watch as Aeneas Jolly tests the robot he and his sister built.

Timaru teens are getting set to test their robot building skills at the upcoming Kiwi-bot competition.

Two teams made up of students from Timaru Boys' High and Timaru Girls' High will be competing in their first regional "scrimmage' at CPIT in Christchurch for the Vex Kiwi-bot competition.

For the competition, teams had to design and build robots that can compete in an arena-style event. The robots have to complete tasks in 20 rounds to gain points.

This year's challenge is called High-rise, where robots must lift, move and stack cubes.

The higher the stack, the more points gained.

One of the teams is made of brother and sister Aeneas, 14, and Summer Jolly, 17.


The two joined the robotics club, run through Boys' High, because it was fun and they enjoyed building the robots and doing the computer coding that enables the robot to perform the tasks.

Aeneas is the most experienced robot driver as he had the chance to trial his robot at an event last month.

Going from the last event, the robot they designed together could gain up to 30 points.

Summer said she thinks they will do well and they are confident with their design.

The other team is made up of senior students from Boys' High. The team was rushing to get the robot finished before the competition on August 10, team captain Jordan Gavan said.

They have the general design, but there were a few arguments about the best way of building it, he said.

"There's lots of discussing how it should work."

The team may redesign the robot even more when they get to the competition, he said.

If the teams earn enough points in Christchurch, they can go to the nationals held in Auckland in February next year.

The Timaru Herald