The Robotics Club preps for Trash-Trek
This past weekend marked the official launch of an international robotics competition- FIRST LEGO League (FLL). In partnership with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), six Ubuntu scholars in the Future Leaders’ Programme along with their facilitators will get to show off their robotic skills for the first time at this year’s competition set to take place from the 23rd till 24th October 2015.
With its environmentally friendly theme: Trash-Trek, finding better ways to manage our trash, the tournament will challenge the learners to put to the test their Science, Technology, Economics, Mathematics skills to the test, while also helping the learners foster some soft skills including team work and self-confidence when doing presentations. A large component of the competition will entail programming and building a robot with innovative solutions to withstand a series of environmental endangering missions/ obstacle courses in order to reach completion.
Since its inception in July, the Ubuntu robotics team, which was put together based on identified learners’ interests has been hard at work. The team meets twice a week (on Wednesdays and Fridays) for about 90 minutes to explore the rather fun and exciting side of mechanics in preparation of the official FLL contest.
Although FLL coaches do not need any technical experience to prepare their teams, prior to the launch Ubuntu facilitators received some software and hardware training to be able to coach the learners.