Year 9 student Lilly Collins attended the first Robotics Competition World Championships in Houston USA recently. Lily was part of the all-girls team, the Melbourne RoboCats made up of 17 girls from Years 9-12 and sponsored by Swinburne University of Technology. Lily and the other team members spent January building their 50kg remote controlled robot to deliver gears to an ‘air ship’ and climb a rope.
To qualify for the Championships, Lily and her team competed in Sydney at the end of March with 39 teams from across Australia, China, Taiwan and Brazil. To qualify for World Championships Lilly worked hard and with determination. She experienced failure and success. She pushed herself beyond the limits of what she thought she could achieve and for that, we applaud her.
We look forward to seeing how she will apply the skills she’s learned and to following her progress – perhaps she will be a pioneering entrepreneur, technology leader, or innovator?
One of the great things about the competition is that there are roles for students with all kinds of interests. Marketing, Art and Design skills are also needed, so a girl doesn’t need to be engineering or science focused to participate.