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Steve Butler
Hi guys Steve here from Innovate Moreton Bay here with Peter from Grace Lutheran, one of the proud partners of Innovate Moreton Bay as well. It’s been exciting couple weeks from from what we’ve heard, taking the team over to Dubai for the first Global challenge robotics.

Peter Kellett
It’s been a story that we’ve been following in the region of for a little while now. We’ve had some dealings with our good friends at Coastal Protection Core. You might have seen that video a few months ago. Way had the team getting ready to go to Dubai and to compete as Team Australia, the only team selected from Australia from 600 teams that were eligible to attend the event. It’s the third year in a row that we’ve been able to attend the event, so we’re very proud to be selected three times in a row to represent Australia, that highest level off robotics competition that’s available in the world basically.

Steve Butler
That’s great and it’s been really reasurring especially to see the growth of the students were throughout the year, and I suppose capturing the stories and participating in certain events where we can as well. For the viewers out there, do you want to let us know where where team pineapples actually ended up at the end of the…

Peter Kellett
Yeah, well, one of things to sort of be put in perspective is it? There are 191 teams at the event is a $25 million U. S. Dollar event to host. So it wasn’t a small deal and each team each country sent one team on. They will have to build the robot out of the same kit of parts. So everyone had a level playing field. We were able to pretty much just use whatever innovative idea was to produce the best robot possible. As it turned out, out of 192 teams, Team Australia made it to the grand final of that event in the robot game and the grand finals the best of three. So the other alliance won their first match. We won the second match and then unfortunately, way didn’t win the third match about we took home the silver medal, which is which is our best result ever as far as Engineering solutions to consume have done well in the past with in Washington, D. C. We’ve got a silver medal for basically out teamwork and spirit, and we Australians eat that stuff a live. A simliar sort of thing happened to us in Mexico City, where we help that a lot of other teams to get the to reach their goals. Same something happened, got a silver medal in that kind of innovation and teamwork space. But to get a silver medal in two big countries like the U. S. Germany, Japan, Korea, um, you know the U. K New Zealand is amazing.

Steve Butler
That’s huge. That’s absolutely huge. Now I suppose before we get in, we’re gonna let you do some interviewing with the kids and we’ll find out what with the big achievements or personally being from the Growth team effort, but also for themselves personally, most life experiences that you know, they’ll never forget that opportunity. But you wanna explain a little bit around the robot that actually went over there and the challenges that have to do.

Peter Kellett
Sure. So this is the robot, but it’s actually being somewhat disassembled. Students don’t like to leave things alone at events, so some of the function only that did have when it left that doesn’t have and some of things it does now that it didn’t do when it left. So the kids tinker with the machine. But this machine was able to collect small rubber balls and deposit those balls into into a goal zone. But what it was very, very thing that’s made it stand out, was that it was really, really fast actually would dowheel stains when it when it drive off. In the commentators of the event, we’re pretty stunned about the fact that it was doing It was so far. So it gives kids get it really well. But one of the really good things, 0ne of the really reliable things about the machine was this, it was it was able to lift itself off the ground with this lifter
here, and the kids did all the design of the mechanism, and it was really reliable, it was really strong, there are zippy ties there, but all robots have got zippy ties on them. And it ended up only loosing one game in the end. So in the rounds, which was amazing,

Steve Butler
that’s absolutely huge. Suppose compared to other years, you’re saying this is the third time you’ve been over. So can you elaborate a little bit more of the different challenges or what made this year a little bit more different to some of the others?

Peter Kellett
So what first do is they pick one of one of our big engineering problems in the world. So, you know, it might be water. It might be cities it might be transported. Might be waste. This year was based around pollution in the ocean, which is a huge issue in that hense Coastal Protection Core getting involved, and their partnership will continue with them. We’re looking at building another robot with them down the track. That’s gonna happen when we get time. So this year’s challenges, but essentially speaking, the challenge itself and the game itself, effectively, they’re quite similar, really. They’re about collecting things, depositing things, lifting up the robot. The robot’s gonna be a certain size. It’s about drive, you know how fast the kids can drive the machine and how will they they they analyise the rules and then and then deciding what’s right. What’s gonna be the most effective point scoring for them. So Washington, D. C it was. It was a certain topic. I can’t
remember now. Last year in Mexico City, it was another topic, and this year it was based around around ocean pollution.

Steve Butler
Beautiful. Well, let’s hear what the kids have to say. I might even have a play of the robot while you’re doing that.

Peter Kellett
Well, here we are now with the team that were part off the Team Australia 2019 1st Global Tour. Not everyone on the team traveled to Dubai. That was the nice part about about the fact that we could actually still have a larger team, but but only a few could travel. But there are members here that that stayed home and got a lot of the experiences. We’ll start with Morgan,  Morgan, why do you think our robot was so successful?

Morgan
I think it was so consistent because it was really stable. And the lift worked very well and it went really fast.

Peter Kellett
And do you think that Nathan’s driving had anything to do with that?

Morgan
Definitely, Nathan is a very good driver.

Peter Kellett
Nathan’s a very good driver, a fierce driver, I would say. And while we’re talking, Nathan. Nathan, where do you think that this and they’re your sister’s
done very well out of this program has have a lot of her friends as well by the way, where you think this is gonna take you in the future?

Nathan
Um, I think this is gonna take me, and allow me to get careers in different sort of robotics based jobs where the future is becoming more and more advanced and more robotics and, sort of drones and everything and getting put into our workforce. So being able to get a head start at this career definitely helps.

Peter Kellett
Good answer. And where’s your sister right now? She went through these programs tell us a little bit about what’s Sarah is doing.

Nathan
Um, so my sister Sarah, she’s actually overseas at the moment, working at Disney World. Um, so this definitely helped in getting apart over there where

Peter Kellett
Yeah big time and Disney are a major sponsor of our programs to. So thinking about yourself, Jacob, now Jabob wasn’t able to travel this year because there’s any limit to the amount of people that could go. So but you’re still able to be involved. Tell us a bit about your involvement in what you got out of your involvement even though you couldn’t travel?

Jacob
Um, well, we learn how to well, I would learn how to work as a team better, learn more things like more designs thought like differently about how to design stuff. And, ah, put it towards our FTC that we came first at the regional comp.

Peter Kellett
Yeah, a bit about that to, this team produced a fantastic robot, two weeks after we had this competition, we had a local competition here where we had 40 schools from around the state. Big private schools, big independent schools, big state schools came. And these guys, the 11323 mangoes won that event comfortably. So there was a bit of benefit there.

Jacob
Yeah, it helped a lot. We designed it. We had a couple of designs, and then we change it after we are working on the FGC robot like this, just seeing things
and all

Peter Kellett
The FTC robot was, is spectacular. Will be in Sydney on the fifth and sixth of December, competing to go to Houston next year on It’s a shot. All right. Last one, Darcey Darcy didn’t have a passport when we when we got accepted to go to Dubai so he’d never left Australia. So rather than going to Fiji or Bali like most kids do on their first trip you land in Dubai and you get to mingle with 192 other countries. And I will say just before I ask you a question, we believe we’ve set a Guinness Book
of Records for the largest gathering of nations since since the inception of the United Nations in one spot peacefully 192 nations and theres only like a 195 in the world, depending on what you call a nation. So it’s pretty impressive. So Darce. first trip overseas. Tell us what you thought thought of Dubai culturally, and then maybe some of the teams you met. I know you like the Spanish team.

Darcey
Um, the cultures were very different over there compared to Australia, and it’s always very interesting, like just going over there and seeing what things they do and how differently they do it compared to everyone else. Um and then you have for the teams, teams like Team Spain or Team Greece, they were very friendly, kind. You know, they were really good to work with. Um, yeah.

Peter Kellett
And a little story too the teams that were in the in the finals, one of those things was Israel. Now, Israelies are not allowed in the UAE. just not allowed. So it was really cool to be out of work with Israel as an alliance partner, threw the finals process. I’m I know that they really enjoyed making friends with you guys. So I want to thank the four of you. Not everyone’s here today, but we got everyone together that we could have had a fantastic year. We sort of don’t know how we top ourselves year on year, but we just seem to, um so from Grace Lutheran College Robotics team, the season is not over yet we’ve got Sydney in two weeks time, I’ll be looking forward to telling Steve that we might be going to represent Australia again in Houston in April next year and also the first, the big first robotics competitions around the corner in January. So there’s no rest for us. I need a holiday, but otherwise boys, congratulations on your achievements.

Peter Kellett
Well, no they say they can fix it, but they need parts, and they say they can get get it going eventually. So thanks Steve Butler very much.

Steve Butler
You’re welcome mate, that’s what my kids say as well, so happy to help where I can and, you know, they gotta come up with identifying solutions for additional problems, so I’m doing my part. Anyways, well done on bringing home the silver back into our region and also representing Team Australia.

Peter Kellett
Very proud to bring home the silver once again for the region and the state, and the country.

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