FIRST Tech Challenge, Future Problem Solving and MindChange

FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Regional Scrimmage

This Saturday, two teams will compete in the 2017 FIRST Tech Challenge Regional Scrimmage at Grace Lutheran College. Supporters are invited to attend from 8:30am–3:30pm at Grace Lutheran College, Rothwell.

This season's challenge is called Relic Recovery (the game video is available here). Our teams have devised two very different styles of metal robot to compete.

This competition provides valuable experience for students in the lead up to the National FTC Competition at Macquarie University, Sydney, in December. 

We wish the Sea Team and BEE Team the best of luck as they take on competitors from around Queensland.

Future Problem Solving National Competition

Last week, two Year 8 teams competed against hundreds of other teams across Australia at the Future Problem Solving (FPS) National Competition at Knox Grammar, Sydney. Special congratulations to Matilda B, who placed third in the Middle/Senior MAGICs division of the Global Issues Problem Solving competition. 

Congratulations to all team members for their dedication and hard work throughout the year. Our two Year 8 teams we were allowed to take along alternate team members (from Year 7) to support them, giving them valuable experience at a national-level competition.

Thank you to Mrs Hogan and Mr Trethan for supporting teams and helping them prepare for the Action Plan Presentation.

MindChange Academic Exchange

MindChange is an academic exchange program that involves 20 students from St Peters and 20 students from Immanuel Lutheran College, in Adelaide. For the second year of the two-year program Immanuel students joined us in Queensland for educational experiences to Fraser Island, the University of Queensland, Brisbane City, South Bank and the Gold Coast.

In a very busy week, students took part in: two days of ranger-led 4WDing, ecology explorations, bush-tucker taste testing, a dingo safety talk, camp fires, marshmallow eating, night-time wildlife discoveries, swimming in pristine waterways, climbing rock formations, meeting Kevo the ranger, spotting local wildlife, polar bear education, a great race around Brisbane City, a glamorous dinner at The Summit at Mt Coot-tha, exploring ancient technological innovations, a tour of St Peters, performances of talent, psychology workshops, design workshops and a fish&chips buffet. The week was certainly one to remember!

Thank you to our visitors and to host families who took students into their lives for the week. We thank Immanuel and St Peters staff for their support.

Mr Simon Canfield, Robotics Coordinator