National Gold in Robotics for Twins Ashley and Morgan Ure
Identical twins from Melville SHS have won the Australian Final of Robocup. The twins are going to Germany next year to represent Australia in this prestigious event. Ashley and Morgan Ure from Melville SHS, known on the RoboCup Junior circuit as The NXTwins EVolv3, won first place in the Open Dance category at the RoboCup Junior Australia national competition last month.
Winning teams from the RoboCup Junior WA competition in August were given a small bursary as part of their first place prize, to encourage WA representation at the national event in Adelaide on 25-27 September.
Melville SHS has been promoting Science as an important subject for school students and is involved with the STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Maths) education initiatives, including talks to encourage girls about future careers in Science. “I think it’s brilliant that more girls are getting involved in robotics. A lot of girls are held back by certain ideals that other people have created and don’t end up doing something that they love. They also bring new ideas with them when coming in to these Science areas,” said Ashley.
Scitech RoboCup coordinator Tim Schmitz said: “RoboCup provides a crucial link between what students learn in the classroom, and the real-world applications of coding and robotics. We hope the WA competition continues to grow and have such a big presence at the national event”.
The Ure twins showed outstanding spirit and teamwork at the RoboCup Junior WA competition despite placing second in their category and were presented with the Rio Tinto Promise Award. The award comes with a travel bursary to attend the national competition.
“Rio Tinto is proud to be the RoboCup WA event partner. This is a fantastic educational initiative that closely aligns with our focus on technology and innovation,” said Rio Tinto technology and innovation manager of delivery Ben Rogers.
The Ure twins said: “If we didn’t get the Rio Tinto Promise Award we probably wouldn’t have gone to the Nationals. It gave us confidence and motivated us to solve the problems we had at States to improve the program”.