RoboCupJunior is a project-oriented educational initiative that sponsors local, regional and international robotic events for young students. RoboCup is an international effort whose purpose is to foster Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics research by providing a standard problem where a wide range of technologies can be integrated and examined. As well, the initiative serves as a basis for project-oriented education. The ultimate goal of RoboCup is that by the middle of the 21st century, a team of fully autonomous humanoid robot soccer players shall play (and win!) a soccer game against the (human) world champions.
On the 4th of August, after nearly two months of programming and designing two teams of Year 8 Robotics students headed for Curtin University with Mr Allan Ribbons, Robotics teacher, for the preliminary round of the Robocup Junior State Finals. One team participated in the rescue challenge and the other team in the soccer challenge.
After a busy day of multiple rounds, the Kingsway Robocup Soccer team made it into the finals that were held the following day. The Kingsway team won three games and then lost one against a very experienced team, resulting in being placed fourth in the WA State Championships.