With four regional wins on three continents, the Barker Redbacks are attracting a lot of attention globally, as the team currently sit in the top ten of robotics teams in the world.
Just this week, the Redbacks took out their latest Regional Title at the New York City FIRST Robotics competition. The team were also awarded the Chairman’s Award for their world-wide contribution to robotics.
Last month, the Redbacks were the only Australian team to compete at the inaugural Shenzhen Regional FRC Competition in China, where the team of nine students did a sensational job building a strategy to win the tournament.
In addition to that Regional title, the team also came away with the Innovation in Control Award.
Barker College Robotics Co-ordinator, Lael Grant said, “four Regionals, six Blue Banners, which is the top in the world at the moment for 2017 and tied second for all time most blue banners in a single season. Along with the Woodie Flowers, Chairman's, Dean's List, two Engineering Excellence and Engineering Inspiration awards, it has been an exceptional and inspirational season, and one which has teams all over the world talking about the Barker Redbacks and Barker College."
The Redbacks again took out the Regional title against 28 other teams from Australia, Taiwan and China, as well as winning the Excellence in Engineering Award. At the South Pacific Regional in March, the team took out their third title from a pool of 43 teams, and were awarded their second Excellence in Engineering Award.
The Redbacks will now compete at the world championships in Houston in late April where they will be up against teams from NASA and other world class universities.