Aboriginal Robotics Team

Hastings Secondary College establishes its first Aboriginal Robotics Team thanks to a Charles Sturt University Grant.

Hastings Secondary College was successful in obtaining a grant for $1,000, which was matched by STEM Industry School Partnerships (SISP) to purchase a Tetrix robotics kit for Clontarf students. The establishment of the first Aboriginal Robotics team will see them enter the TMax Robotics competition later this year, in which we believe will be the first Aboriginal Team in the competition.

The Hastings Secondary College Clontarf Academy consists of over 100 young Aboriginal men, and our program is delivered through engaging activities and incentive-based opportunities toward getting the boys to school, through school, and work-ready for when they finish school. The main focus is on supporting these students in completing Year 12 to give them the greatest opportunities in life.

All of our activities align with our five main pillars—these being; Education, Wellbeing, Sport, Leadership, and Employment.

The intended outcomes of this project are to increase Aboriginal engagement in STEM-related activities and to create and support the first Aboriginal robotics team in the TMax Robotics Competition.

Robotics continues to be one of the fastest-growing technology industries. As STEM educators, Hastings Secondary College prepares learners for the future through the integration of science, technology, engineering, and math concepts using relevant hands-on applications to connect school, community, and work.

Our various products, activities, curriculum, and solutions promote positive learning experiences and continued classroom success.

TETRIX PRIME is a complete robotics programming set. It allows students to create programmable robots using a Robotics controller, aluminium or plastic parts or electronic components such as connectors and motors. Pieces are assembled to build robots.

Josh Fergus, Clontarf Academy said” Working on the robotic project will teach our students knowledge in STEM, patience and teamwork - all essential skills for the workplace and university.

“It’s important for students to understand the role of robotics and technology in the careers of the future.  Robotics is a fun and hands-on way to relate their classroom learning to the real world.”

“Our Investment in programs such as this supports local and Indigenous young people to grow into meaningful jobs in the future.”

“The team met for the first time in June. It was fantastic to watch. All of the students are keen to continue the robotics work and aim for a great showing at the robotics competition.”