Capalaba State College team bound for Bordeaux, France for RoboCup Junior international competition

WINNERS: The robotics team with teacher Carl Harbinson and Bowman MP Andrew Laming. Photo: Jordan Crick
WINNERS: The robotics team with teacher Carl Harbinson and Bowman MP Andrew Laming. Photo: Jordan Crick

A GROUP of students from Capalaba State College are bound for Bordeaux, France after impressing judges with their robot dance routine at a national competition.

The Capalaba Dragons - Nefertini, Shari-Ann, Taia and Ella under the guidance of teacher Carl Harbinson - travelled to Melbourne in October to compete in the Australian Open Robo Cup Junior competition.

There, the team received the Robogals Award, which recognises female teams, and were invited to attend next year's RoboCup Junior International Competition in Bordeaux in France's south-west.

Their winning show in the Novice OnStage Performance category told a love story between two robots using music and choreography.

The group had been working tirelessly since the state competition in August to improve their routine, including to incorporate more complex sensor work.

Katie Townsend - the mother of group member Ella - said the team was thrilled their hard work had paid off.

"The girls are all very excited about being selected for the world cup in France," she said.

2019 marks the first year Capalaba State College has entered the competition.

Mr Harbinson told the Bulletin in August that robotics and other digital technologies were part of the school's core curriculum and could teach students important skills like design and creativity to equip them for their future careers.

The competition saw students in other categories coding their robots to play soccer and take part in simulated rescues.

In the OnStage Performance category, participants designed, built and programmed their robots to dance to music, with students encouraged to decorate their entries and give their robots personality.