Two sisters from Perth schools were part of the Australian team which took part in this year’s International Robocup in Mexico City
. Maria Jose Basso Betancourt, a student at Santa Maria College and Sofia Basso Betancourt, a student at Mel Maria Catholic Primary School won the 'Best Construction Award', came second in the presentation area and were place d fourthoverall for their skill in building and operating their Latin Fever team of 22 dancing robots.
Mel Maria Catholic Primary School continued its record of success in the state Robocup finals this year. More than 400 students gathered at Scitech for the competition with Mel Maria making a clean sweep of first, second and third places in the Primary Dance Theatre section. In the Open League Soccer section Sacred Heart College took first and third with Chisholm Catholic College winning second spot.
Sacred Heart also won first place in the Novice League Soccer section, Chisholm second place in the Rescue category and Mel Maria third place in the Primary Dance section.
The development of the world wide Robocup movement dates back the 1990s when artificial intelligence experts announced the objective of an international campaigne to foster interest in robotics. They set a goal of eventually developing and building a team of soccer playing robots that would be able to play and beat a World Cup class human team. Judging by the achievement of our students we are well on the way.
Maria Jose Basso Betancourt and Sofia Basso Betancourt with their team of dancing robots at the International Robocup meeting in Mexico City.