WPC Group have donated $500 to the Copperfield College Robotics Club for their upcoming trip to the USA, where they will compete in the world’s largest robotics competition.
After competing against over fifty of Australia’s best teams, Copperfield’s Robotics Club won the 2018 Australian National Champions and qualified for the World Championships which will be held in Kentucky, USA, from April 24 to April 27, 2019.
The competition involves building an innovative robot and competing in an engineering challenge, which is presented in the form of a game.
The Copperfield College Robotics Club is an extracurricular student initiated and driven group. Year 7 – 11 students work together to design, construct, program, and drive robots using the VEX Robotics system. In addition to learning valuable engineering, design and programming skills, the club provides students an opportunity to develop skills in teamwork, leadership, design, communication, project management, and critical thinking.
The VEX Robotics Competition prepares students to become future innovators with 95% of participants reporting an increased interest in STEM subject areas and pursuing STEM-related careers.
Copperfield Robotics Club’s Team Captain Spencer Vaughan has been involved in the club since Year 7. Back then, it was just himself, one other student Anthony and a teacher. Even after that teacher left, Spencer and Anthony continued with the club and grew its membership.
“We continued the club because it’s so interesting and we learn a lot from it. I’ve developed a lot of STEM skills: programming, engineering, physics, trajectory, motion – even design, photography and drawing,” Year 11 Spencer says.
He believes the skills and knowledge he has gained from the club will help him in the future as he pursues a career in science.
For Spencer, winning nationals and qualifying for worlds is a testament to all of the hard work the team has put in over the past three years.
“It has been an incredible journey and it’s great to see where we have ended up.”
Spencer says historically, Australia is not known to be very good at robotics, but says his team has been commended on the quality of their robot.
“Our ultimate goals at worlds is to break the glass ceiling with the whole preconception that Australia isn’t a threat – we just want to say, look, we are good at this,” Spencer says.
Copperfield College Principal Mr Anthony Sokol says this is the first time the school will send a team to compete internationally. He is grateful for all donations the team has received so far, and says WPC Group’s donation is a good representation of the school’s community partnerships.
“WPC Group has a very strong partnership with us and have done a lot of good stuff for our students in terms of getting them started in their careers. It’s nice to see them helping us in another different way,” Mr Sokol says.
Since 2013, WPC Group has worked closely with Copperfield College to prepare students for the workforce and connect them to work placement and employment opportunities through vocational education pathways.
If you are interested in donating to the Copperfield College Robotics Club, please contact the school on firstname.lastname@example.org or 9307 5514.