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SA kids’ big idea wins Lego League award

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27 May 2018

SA kids’ big idea wins Lego League award

SA kids’ big idea wins Lego League award

A resistance paddle design that could be used for hydrotherapy in elderly patients has won a group of young Adelaide school students a global innovative solution award.

The RoboRoos East Lego League team, made up of eight Adelaide kids Iincluding Scotch's Charlie Ryan-Kane) from The Student Robotics Club of SA Inc., won the award at the international FIRST LEGO League championship held in Houston, Texas. This year’s challenge on hydro dynamics tasked more than 280,000 students on 35,226 teams representing nearly 90 countries with improving the human water cycle.

The RoboRoos team, coached by BAE Systems employee Francis Lu, developed an affordable and effective hydrotherapy equipment that allows for a low impact method of strengthening recuperating muscles, or in maintaining a healthy body when ageing.

They consulted hydrotherapists and fluid dynamic experts to build a prototype using silicone as the key component.

The group aged between 9 and 16 included Charlie Ryan-Kane (Scotch College), Derek Yang, Jack Hutchins, Samuel Lu, Chaya Balasuriya, Alan Lu, Itay Yarom and Isabella Dharam.

First Lego League, one of the most popular robotics competitions in the world, introduces younger students to real engineering challenges by inviting them to conduct research projects and build LEGO-based autonomous robots to complete tasks on a themed surface.

BAE Systems Australia director engineering and technology Brad Yelland said it was “a really outstanding effort” by the team.

“We’re proud to support programs such as this to help inspire the future scientists and engineers that will be needed to help safeguard Australia’s defence and security capabilities,” he said.

“It was a really great experience to show everyone what we had achieved in the season,” said Isabella Dharam, first-timer to the competition and the youngest member of the team.

-- original article by Valerina Changarathil appeared in The Advertiser 28 May 2018.

Photo: Adelaide’s RoboRoos East robotics team (L-R) Charlie Ryan-Kane, Derek Yang, Jack Hutchins, Samuel Lu, Chaya Balasuriya, Alan Lu, Itay Yarom, Francis Lu from BAE Systems as Coach and Isabella Dharam (front).

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