ACG Parnell College played host to a press event announcing new funding for robotics competitions for school kids.
The event was organised by science and technology mentoring company Kiwi FIRST, who run the FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge robot competitions in schools around the country.
The Boeing Company is providing $50,000 to help rookie robot teams travel to Auckland for competitions, provide new Android robot control technology for existing teams and run several workshops for coaches at ACG Strathallan.
Jason Kyle, FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge Affiliate Partner NZ, is also a parent of ACG Strathallan students Ethan and Shaun Kyle. The boys, who excel in the robotics programme at ACG Strathallan, attended yesterday’s event to demonstrate their robots to guests.
Jason said he hoped the new funding from Boeing will motivate more children to enter robotics events.
“Over the years, we have had school children from the Kaipara Harbour in the North Island to Bluff in the South Island entering the challenges. The cost of equipment and bringing a team of up to 10 members to Auckland can be difficult for many educators. We hope this will make it easier for more students from around the country to enter.”