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Robotics is the way of the future and at St Finbarr’s Byron Bay, students are getting in early learning all about the subject.

Late last year, six students led by staff member Nick Houghton, competed in the First LEGO League, a tournament designed to inspire the next generation of young scientists, engineers and technicians through the medium of robotics.

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The Finbarr’s team known as iCode Legacy, won the regional event then the state competition and advanced to the national finals, held at Sydney’s Macquarie University, where they won the Australian title.

The next step is a quest for world domination at the FIRST LEGO League Razorback Invitational, which is a 72-team invitational tournament to will be held from May 16 to 19 at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA.

The school recently held a Colour Fun Run to boost funds to get the team to the US and the ongoing program at St Finbarr’s.

The school came alive with colour, fun, food and entertainment said school principal Tim Bleakley. ‘Parent and student feedback deemed it a huge success,’ he said. ‘The highlight of the evening was delivering coloured slime onto the heads of willing teachers!

‘All this is to help send our robotics team to Arkansas, USA representing all schools across Australia.’


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