Young minds challenge the field of robotics

Paula and Megan are the KZN champions, and also were 13th in the country.

St Dominics Newcastle participated in the annual Curro KwaZulu-Natal Regional competition for WRO (World Robotics Olympiad) SA, which took place on September 1 at Curro Mt Richmore in Ballito.

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Learners from different schools across the province battled it out in their respective age categories, to climb up the national ranking list and receive an invitation to the national rounds.

There the coveted national team is chosen.

Megan Furter and Paula van Zyl had the advantage with their programming and robot, scoring the most points in their division and earning a gold medal.

They returned home as the KZN champions in the Senior High age group (16 to 19 years).

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To build on their success, they learned a few days later that they ended 13th on the South African ranking list in their division, and will be invited to attend the national competition on September 29 at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) campus in Pretoria.

Their success is the result of three years of dedication, hard work and support from coaches, friends and family.

“As a school and a robotics club, we are very proud of their achievement and believe it will inspire more girls to enter the field of robotics.”

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Bruce Douglas
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