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Barker’s robotics teams take the world by storm

Barker College has had plenty to celebrate following the remarkable success of its robotics teams at the conclusion of the 2023/2024 competition season in May.

“After last year’s national triumphs, it was time for our biggest representation yet on the world stage, with 10 teams from Barker proudly representing Australia on the international stage,” the College said.

Its senior school students showcased their exceptional skills at the FRC Worlds in Houston, marking a historic journey.

After seeding first and clinching the win in both events during the European leg in Turkey in early March, and maintaining the team’s impressive eight year national champion streak by seeding first and triumphing at the Southern Cross Regional in Sydney, the team was ready for the ultimate challenge at Worlds.

In this year’s competition, the robot had to play a game based on speed and accuracy shooting Frisbees like game pieces across the field to score points.

As they faced over 600 teams from across the globe at the Houston Convention Centre, the Redbacks stood tall, captivating the audience of over 50,000 spectators, Barker College said.

“In the face of formidable competition, the Barker teams started the qualification matches with a bang, winning all five matches on the first day. Despite facing a challenging schedule on the second day and grappling with an electrical issue that temporarily hindered one-third of the robot’s mobility, the Redbacks persevered,” the College said.

“Through sheer determination and strategy, the Redbacks achieved a historic first seed in the Archimedes Division, setting the stage for an exhilarating showdown in the elimination matches. Despite the pressure that comes with being one of the favourites, the Barker team remained focused on the task at hand.”

Following an intense series of quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals, Barker emerged victorious, going undefeated for the first time and claiming the title of World Championship Division Champions.

“This astonishing achievement propelled the team into the Einstein Super Finals, where the eight division champions faced each other for the ultimate crown,” the College said.

“Once again, the Barker Redbacks displayed skill and determination, advancing to the semifinals and securing an overall third place finish with a world record score in the quarterfinals. Reflecting on this incredible journey, it’s truly remarkable to consider that after a rigorous season featuring over 200 qualifying events and 4000+ teams worldwide, the Barker Redbacks clinched the third position overall.”

Visit Barker College website for more information about its robotics program.

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