Trinity student awarded at the Australian national robotics competition
Rachel Ye, a Trinity College Foundation Studies student, was awarded the titles of robot skills champion as well as the tournament champion (VRC/VEXU) in the recent Australian national robotics competition. The wins have qualified her to participate in the 2019 Robotics World Championship in the USA.
Rachel was incredibly dedicated, spending at least 12 hours a day on robotics. Trinity College lent support in balancing her studies along with the robotics development and encouraging her participation in the national competition.
The design of the robot required them to be able to both carry balls and shoot them at different targets. “[Robotics] is like taking care of a child and seeing it grow and improve, using both creative and logical means,” says Rachel. “When I built the robot, I started off with the base and then experimented with methods to shoot the balls, such as using a catapult and a puncher”, explained Rachel.
Currently ranked first in Australia, Rachel has competed successfully in several national level robotics contests and appreciates the freedom and support that Trinity College gives for her academics and robotics.