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Kiwi school takes out Robotics championships

27 Apr 2016

Lynfield College has taken out the ultimate prize at this year’s VEX World Robotics Championships.

This win marks the eighth year in a row a New Zealand school has won the High School Excellence Award, the top award of the championships.

The championships were held in Louisville, the United States, over Anzac weekend. Twelve New Zealand school teams and 75 Kiwis travelled to Louisville for the event.

NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says it is an amazing result for New Zealand schools to win the world robotics championships for the eighth year in succession.

“This is quite an outstanding example of the tech sector and schools working together to stimulate interest in technology and demonstrating that Kiwi tech talent is alive and strong,” Muller says.

“These are the future tech leaders of New Zealand,” he says. “NZTech is working with Kiwibots and other similar organisations to bring together an Alliance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) organisations working together to support the growth of tech skills.”

David Aston from Glenfield College was inducted into the VEX Robotics STEM Hall of Fame as Teacher of the Year. There are only nine teachers in the world who have received this award. He joins Johan Potgieter who was one of the first inductees in recognition of starting VEX in New Zealand.

Lynfield also won the robot skills world champions award for the highest score in a competition where a robot competes alone on the field under driver control for one minute.

The VEX robotics competition has grown to be the biggest robotics competition in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records. A total of 1072 teams from 40 countries competed in Louisville at the weekend for the right to call themselves world champions.

Other successful New Zealand schools teams were from Feilding High School and Nakibots team from New Plymouth.

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