Double Gold for Trinity Robotics and Team Oceania
South Australian students Michael Brady, Bowen Hawkey, Samuel Moloney, Luke Voigt and Nathan Axford represented Team Oceania and competed against students from more than 160 nations to win the award.
The Gold Einstein Award acknowledged the team for having the best robot and the best game play in the world, as well as recognising the team for being the most supportive, helpful and best role models in the world.
FIRST Global Challenge teams are composed of high school students with the goal of increasing their knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) so they can become the next generation of scienti c leaders who will work together to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.
In the spirit of FIRST, Team Oceania shared all their designs as they were developed. This was of great bene t to all the other teams, particularly to the 58 countries who had no prior robotics experience.
The team also spent countless hours on the phone, Skype and Google Hangouts mentoring teams around the world. As part of the Global Stem Corps, they directly mentored Team Kazakhstan and Team Vanuatu, but in reality, so many other teams relied on the generosity and skills of the students. Team France, Team Albania, Team North America, Team Germany all credited Team Oceania with their success on the eld and components on their robot.
In addition to the overall team award, team mentor and current Trinity College teacher Sue O’Malley was also honoured, winning the Gold Francisco José de Caldas Award for Sustainable Excellence. The award is presented to an individual who has contributed to strong and sustainable FIRST Global programs.