In 2017 CHAC introduced Robotics and Programming as a collaborative, cross-curricular subject for Year 9 students.
Robotics and Programming will introduce students to the world of information technology as they use Lego robotics with the MindStorms software to build and program robots to complete tasks. Robotics and Programming is a great way to build student engagement in STEM-related disciplines. Through building and programming robots, students evolve in their computational thinking. Through solving set problems using the robots, students develop knowledge of modern problems in Science and engineering.
The Coding and Robotics Club was already up and running prior to this curriculum subject as an extra-curricular activity available to interested students. Held at lunchtime, new and returning students collaborate under the supervision of our Robotics teaching staff, to learn the art of code.
While some students choose to use the time to learn or explore new coding languages (there is much debate among students as to the best one!), others are in the process of building Lego Mindstorms robots ready for programming.
The club is also resourced with mBots and 12 Raspberry Pi units – handheld computers that run off Linux.
Even in these early days, CHAC students are already achieving tremendous results in this field, winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in their first-ever entry into the RoboCup Junior Australia Competition held in 2017.