ROBOTICS students from Skennars Head won the Presentation Award at the FIRST LEGO League Finals held in Sydney on the weekend.
The Holy Family Catholic Primary School students of team iCode22 demonstrated their idea to reduce waste was the most feasible.
The idea was a vending machine that dispenses cigarettes when a person returns a butt.
Teacher Nick Houghton said winning the award, when up against high school students, was unbelievable.
“We found out that 400 teams across the country competed to go to the finals and only 40 teams got to go ... we were in the top 10%,” he said.
“For our first attempt at this competition we never thought we’d go that far, so when the judges announced they won something at the end of the day, the look on their faces, they were so excited.”
The FIRST LEGO League was open to students aged 9 to 16.
There were a number of challenges students participated in on competition day.
“They had three attempts at the waste disposal missions with the robot,” Mr Houghton said.
“They did a team challenge to assess how well they work as a team, they had to answer questions about the design of their robot, and their coding was assessed.”
Mr Houghton was happy to confirm LEGO robotics would become a regular part of the school’s curriculum beginning next year.
“Every student in Years 4, 5 and 6 will get a chance to participate on a weekly basis,” he said.
“I’ve already built three more mission tables to cater to 30 students at one time.”