Robot wins award

PROGRAMMING a robot seems a very far-fetched concept but for two Trinity College year nine students it is as easy as bringing home the BaCoN.
Tilly McCarthy, of Craigmore, and Jenny Mulder, of One Tree Hill, form the BaCoN Lego Team, which won the International Programming Award at the Asia Pacific Robotics Invitational Competition in Sydney during the school holidays with their impressive ‘Start Robot’ program.
According to team coach Susan O’Malley, the first judge was so impressed with their work, he was unable to offer any feedback, simply saying “I am just so impressed with your robot and your programming”.
Competing against 50 teams from 22 countries, the girls spent six months developing the program, which allowed the robot to traverse various obstacles, and four weeks perfecting it.
They were awarded for the incredible complexity and attention to detail of the program.
“They are incredible kids,” Mrs O’Malley said.
“Their victory in Sydney was a result of hard work, creative design and incredible programming.”
Trinity College is dedicated to promoting science, technology, engineering and maths subjects, which has paid, off with team BaCoN winning numerous state and national awards.

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