HydroDynamics- 2017

First Lego League – Sydney National Championship

In early November 2017, one of our FLL teams, H2Flo finished second at the Novar Gardens Regional and earned an invitation to compete at the National Championship that were held at Macquarie University in Sydney on December 2 and 3. After some scrambling and negotiation, we were able to send six team members along with Coach Graham and Casey to represent our school and state.

After an early 6 am departure from Adelaide Airport and a taxi ride over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, we arrived ready to give the Championship our best shot. There were 68 teams in total ranging from state primary schools like ours all the way to elite private schools, home schooled teams and community clubs. H2Flo had to present a Research Project, chat to judges about their Robot Design and complete a Core Values activity based on teamwork and collaboration. They also had to compete in three Robot Game matches and managed a new high score of 70 points in the second match.

At the closing ceremony, we were amazed and proud to earn a third place trophy in the Inspiration award section, which was based on their efforts during the Core Values challenge. This was a great effort for a rookie team with a rookie coach and these six students were outstanding ambassadors for our school all weekend. This opportunity aligns perfectly with our strengths as a STEM focus school and we have all learnt a lot that will help us be ready to compete again in 2018.

Check out the slideshow below to see the Journey in more detail: