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All the action of the Red Crusade competing in the semi-finals of the world FIRST Robotics Championships in St Louis.

 Robotics at Barker

Barker Robotics provides a rounded educational experience, equipping students with skills that few other high school programs can offer.  Teaching communication, teamwork, leadership and initiative, whilst having fun and pursuing their passion whether technical, business or artistic. Students are taken through an engineering process that involves designing, prototyping, constructing and testing their robot so that it can complete the tasks required to be a competitive player. 

Barker has adopted a whole-school approach to its Robotics program with students able to participate in Robotics from Year 5. A dedicated Robotics Centre has been created for students to work together in a team-oriented environment.  Through a rewarding and enriching program, we aim to maximise the creative and intelligent capacity of the students, challenging them to become better so they have the skills and confidence to do what they never thought they could.

Robotics team_STEM.jpg"When I joined the Robotics team, I didn't ever imagine being able to design and manufacture precise parts, and in a few short months we have created a winning robot with the support of Barker and our mentors." Jess, Year 10.

No previous skills are required to join the program - just curiosity, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. Training, support and guidance are provided by Barker technical staff, teachers and industry mentors. 

Our Awards

2016

 
Australian Regional Champions FIRST Regional Competition, Sydney 
Chairman's Award FIRST Regional Competition, Sydney 
Dean's List Award to Alastair Pilley  FIRST Regional Competition, Sydney 
   

2015 

 
 Ranked in top 20 in world International FIRST competition, St Louis, Missouri
 Finalist & Innovative Control Award  Recycle Rush Regional Competition
Sydney Olympic Park
   

 2014

 
 Excellence in Robot Design Duel Down Under
Barker College
 Winning Alliance Captain  
   
 2013  
 Gracious Professionalism  


From Around the Globe

2013 World Champions, Team 610 from Canada, on Barker's (Team 4613) 2015 Regional Finalist win - "Team 4613 is already incredibly well known, and for this reason.  They definitely have one of the best robots we've seen in the world so far.  It will be interesting to see where they now rank on the world rankings.  I'm sure they'll crack the top 25, if not the top 10.  They've built a phenomenal robot!"
Team 971 from Mountain View, California - "We had a great time watching your robot throughout the playoffs.  We were all sitting around the projector checking out the webcast!  We were rooting for you! You guys have a super creative solution to the game, that is clearly incredibly powerful... You are a world class team that I'm sure will have lots of great years to come.  We would love to see you at the championship and hope to get the chance to compete with you guys!"

What is FIRST?

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was started in 1989 by Segway inventor, Dean Kamen and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  They had a vision to make Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (or STEM) attractive career paths that young people wouldn't take for granted. Since its beginning, FIRST has significantly improved students' attitudes towards math, science and teamwork.  Students who participate show increased interest in pursuing internship and employment opportunities in science and engineering.

Every year a new game is released.  Teams strategise and build a robot that can play the game in the most efficient and effective way, learning leadership, team work and communication skills along the way.  Students work together as part of an elite international program, with thousands of teams competing around the world. You can learn more about the FIRST competition here.

2015 Recycle Rush

Red Crusade_regional.jpgIn 2015, robots were required to score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter.  The 2015 Duel Down Under organised by Macquarie University, was hosted once again by Barker College from June 25 - 27.  
See the Red Crusade robot in action.