It is with enormous pride and a sense of awe that we announce that the Trinity BaCoNeers have been invited to represent Oceania in the inaugural FIRST Global Robotics Competition in Washington DC, this July.
This is a world changing event and we are so honoured to a part of history and work with teams representing 146 Nations and Continents, including our old friends the Bears of Mexico, who will be Team North America.
Our work in China, and our success in Australia (we are the current Australian Champions) led to our inclusion as advisors to the newly formed FIRST Global organizing committee. We were the first team to sign on for the Global STEM Corps and to man the International Hotline.
Our greatest contribution, however came from a team brainstorm. We suggested that the team could assist with the translation of the training videos and documents into other languages, thereby making the program accessible to more students around the world.
Our offer was rapidly taken up and we found ourselves providing translations of three videos and the website into French, Spanish and Portuguese, all in less than a week.
Since then we have provided translations in six more languages, and are working through another 12. We have involved more students from our school and formed the “FIRST Global Translation Corps” to manage the translation process. These students are all looking for careers in Management, Environment and International Studies.
For many years, the goal of the Trinity BaCoNeers has been to grow the FIRST Tech Challenge competition in South Australia. We can only improve if there is strong, local competition and the opportunity to compete without having to travel to Sydney.
So last Thursday, we were overjoyed to host 17 students and two teachers from Mitcham Girls High School and help them begin their FIRST journey as the RoboVengers, FTC Team 11657.
If you are interested in starting a team at your school, please contact us, we would love to help you get started.
At the largest FIRST Tech Challenge tournament yet held in Australia, the Trinity BaCoNeers were declared overall champions for 2016/17 and have won the right to take on the world in Houston, Texas at the World Championships.
The team not only built a great robot, but demonstrated true community leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in South Australia. This year, it was the 600+ hours of community outreach that really impressed the judges. The team promote STEM through the Adelaide Maker Faire, Science Alive and by mentoring teams in Adelaide and around the world.
We work with our mentors, Mr. Goh, to develop our programming skills and Mrs. O'Malley, who guides us in all things FIRST and helps us to develop our engineering and mechanical knowledge.
We have been experimenting with drive trains and linkages to design attachments for our robots.
We also love building and analyzing Lego Technic kits to get new ideas.