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RoboCup victors go for a global prize

Georgie Bengston and Kallia Banda with their robots.
Georgie Bengston and Kallia Banda with their robots.

TWO Gin Gin students are preparing to travel to The Netherlands for an international robotic competition.

Kallia Banda and Georgie Bengtson attended McIlwraith Primary School last year, where they won the RoboCup competition in Years six and seven.

Now in Year Eight at Gin Gin High School, the two students are fundraising for their fast-approaching June 20 trip.

McIlwraith State School robotics teacher Susan Bengtson will attend the week-long trip with daughter Georgie and her robotics partner Kallia.

Mrs Bengtson said the students were continuing with their robotics passion as they moved on to high school.

"They've joined the robotics club," she said.

On their trip to Eindhoven in The Netherlands, the girls will take part in the Primary Dance robotic category.

"They have to design, build and program their robots to dance and perform to a piece of music," Mrs Bengston said.

"They have five minutes; they have a PowerPoint presentation going on behind them while the robots dance and the girls dance, too."

Mrs Bengtson said costumes were tailored to the two 30cm-tall robots.

The duo will perform to the Bette Midler song Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and have fittingly named themselves the Boogie Woogie Bugle Girls.

They have received sponsorship for their flights but are raising money for their accommodation and $600 entry into the competition. Currently the students have raised $2000, and they aim to raise $4000.

To donate to help the students get to the competition, contact the Gin Gin Community Bank on 41573469.

Topics:  robotics



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