Protea Heights Academy fly SA flag at World Robotics Olympiad
28 November 2019
Protea Heights Academy’s Team Hello World placed sixth out of 32 countries in the World Robotics Olympiad in Hungary earlier this month.
Nicole Loubser, Benjamin van Dijk and Nathan Eveleigh rose to the challenge after being selected to compete in the national round and then advancing to the international competition.
They were accompanied by a Science teacher, Danielle van Eck. (While away, Ms Van Eck won the Excellence in Teaching Natural Sciences award at the Provincial Teaching Awards.)
The learners had to build, code and design a robot from scratch.
Team Hello World developed a Rotating Bartending Assistant Robot. ROBAR is able to dispense and mix a variety of drinks automatically. It can mix six drinks at once and only takes 2 – 3 minutes to do so. ROBAR also has applications in the medical field as it can be used to dispense pills and liquid medicine with only small adjustments.
The drink-mixing robot started off as a joke, but the team threw their heart into their project.
Principal Wendy Horn said the learners are innovative, problem solvers who never give up. “I am super proud of our team.”