Grantleigh robot boffins claim national title

Grantleigh robotics teacher Alan Lewis which South African champions Luke Drummond and Tristan Hall PHOTO: Richard Springorum

GRANTLEIGH School boffins Tristan Hall (11) and Luke Drummond (10) won the U13 age group category at the South African Robotics Championships held at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria on 9 September.

This fantastic result has landed the talented duo a spot in the South African team that will head off to Costa Rica in November to compete at the World Robotics Olympiad finals.

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The Grade 5 pupils were informed of the task and theme in January and designed a robot through trial and error to complete the task at hand.

Their efforts handed them a first and second place finish at the KZN Curro inter-schools competition held in Salt Rock earlier this year, as well as a gold medal at the KZN regional championships last month.

The win gave the pair a number two ranking in the country, earning them automatic qualification for the SA championships.

This is the third consecutive year that Grantleigh has had a team representing South Africa at the world finals.

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The pair scored 100% in 42 seconds to win the SA gold medal, but will need to score full marks in 30 seconds or less to win the world event.

Which means it’s back to the drawing board for the brainy bunch and their robotics teacher, Mr Alan Lewis.

‘We will have to look at ways to cut back time to do well at the world championships. We will run on trial and error, but there are many hours of hard work ahead for us,’ said Lewis.

The robot, which took the boys nine months to design, has ultrasonic sensors which can read distances up to 255cm, medium motors, light and colour sensors, which allows it to follow lines, motors and and EV3 brick which is the brain of the robot.


Richard Springorum
Sport Reporter

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