Barker's Robotics program continues to go from strength-to-strength demonstrating that Robotics is so much more than 'just the robot'.
Robotics at Barker
Barker Robotics provides a rounded educational experience, equipping students with skills that few other high school programs can offer. Teaching communication, teamwork, leadership and initiative, whilst having fun and pursuing their passion whether technical, business or artistic. Students are taken through an engineering process that involves designing, prototyping, constructing and testing their robot so that it can complete the tasks required to be a competitive player.
Barker has adopted a whole-school approach to its Robotics program with students able to participate in Robotics from Year 3. A dedicated Robotics Centre has been created for students to work together in a team-oriented environment. Through a rewarding and enriching program, we aim to maximise the creative and intelligent capacity of the students, challenging them to grow their skills and confidence to achieve feats they never thought possible.
Barker's Robotics program has attracted a lot of attention globally. In 2019, Barker assisted with the creation of the first FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team in the African Continent - Team 7523 - the Springbots, from public school students in Gauteng South Africa. We also hosted over 200 students from international teams post-regional at the Barker Robotics Lab for a meet and greet. Our students continue to mentor Chinese teams in robot design and construction.
Barker College hosts the annual VEX Robotics Competition and VEX IQ Challenge Scrimmage and Tournaments, which have almost tripled in size since their inauguration in 2018. Barker VEX IQ and VEX Robotics Competition teams have qualified to the VEX Australia Nationals every year since 2018. In 2021, Barker qualified 3 teams to VEX Worlds for the first time.
Teams 4613E Trainwreck and 4613W Hypershere qualified to VEX Worlds in the High School and Middle School Divisions respectively, an impressive result with under ten teams qualifying from Australia each year . Team Trainwreck made it through to the quarter finals in their division, an impressive result. Team HyperSphere managed an incredible performance, winning their Technology B subdivision, and then going on to Win the Technology Division, placing third overall at VEX Worlds.
No previous skills are required to join the program - just curiosity, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. Training, support and guidance are provided by Barker technical staff, teachers and industry mentors.
All FRC team members are expected to participate in the local Regionals in Sydney, Australia. If students wish to, there is usually an opportunity to participate in an International Regional each year, frequently in the first week of April. The Redbacks have also been fortunate in previous years to be invited to attend the Robotics Competition China, hosted at various cities around China, normally in August each year. Available positions for tours may be limited, and be offered to team members at the discretion of the Robotics Co-ordinator based on participation and effectiveness on the team.
All VEX Robotics Competition students participate at Tournaments held each year and may earn the opportunity to travel to Nationals held in a different capital city within Australia each year if they qualify from a tournament.
Click the links below to view Barker Redbacks Robot Reveals:
2020 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om-kJ0Fn-qc
2019 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDRk5KeEqkg
2018 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFiySP0L6o4
2017 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1twnsPU_hms
View Barker Redbacks 4613 Chairman’s 2021 - Presentation Video
Since 2013, Barker has been involved in the FIRST Robotics Competition, pitching our students against the finest in the USA as well as various countries around the world.
In the annual competitions hosted by Houston, Texas, over the years the Barker Redbacks Team have won the FRC Chairman’s Award in 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. In addition, we have consistently won Asia-Pacific Regional Robotics Competitions and hold a top ten world rank in our Robotics program.
Just as significant is the reason for the FRC Chairman’s Award – the Barker approach is to foster excellence for other teams, not just for ourselves. Deep in the philosophy of Robotics is to share ideas and encourage the development of Robotics in other schools and communities, especially those who are disadvantaged. Robotics programs now exist in other countries because of the support of the Barker Redbacks.
In recognition of this contribution and of the excellence of the Barker Redbacks ingenuity in its own right, the FRC has admitted us to their Hall of Fame.
These students are making a contribution beyond the Mint Gates and are the first and only Australian school to achieve this recognition. The creativity, determination, ingenuity and skills these young students demonstrate each year is commendable as they continue to build ever more sophisticated and impressive robots, whilst sharing their knowledge and understanding with teams around the globe. READ MORE ABOUT THE JOURNEY TO THE HALL OF FAME.
|2020 - 21 (combined due to COVID disruptions)|
|2020 Chairman's Award||South Pacific Region|
|Winning Alliance||Southern Cross 2020 Event|
|2021 Chairman's Award||Pacific Region Competition|
|Excellence in Engineering Award||2021 At Home Challenge|
|Skills Competition Finalist||2021 At Home Challenge|
|Ranked 6th Globally||2021 At Home Challenge (by raw score)|
|Winning Alliance||Southern Cross Regional, Sydney|
|Excellence in Engineering Award||Southern Cross Regional, Sydney|
|Quarter Finalist||South Pacific Regional|
|Quarter Finalist||Quebec City Regional|
|Chairman's Award||Quebec City Regional|
|Quarter Finalist||Turing Division at Championships|
|Finalist||Duel Down Under|
|Quarter Finalist||Qianjiang International Robotics Invitational|
|FRC Ambassador Award||Qianjiang International Robotics Invitational|
|Engineering Excellence Award||FRC World Championships, Houston|
|Winning Alliance||Southern Cross Regional, Sydney|
|Industrial Design Award||Southern Cross Regional, Sydney|
|Finalists||South Pacific Regional|
|Quality Award||South Pacific Regional|
|Finalists||Robotics Championships, China|
|Four Regional Titles||More than any other team|
|6 Blue Banners in single season||Equal 2nd for World Record|
|Innovation in Control Award||World Championships, Houston|
|Winning Alliance||Shenzhen Regional Competition, China|
|Innovation in Control Award||Shenzhen Regional Competition, China|
|Australian Regional Champions||Southern Cross FRC, Sydney|
|Excellence in Engineering Award||Southern Cross FRC, Sydney|
|Regional Champions||New York City FIRST Robotics Competition|
|Chairman's Award New||New York City FIRST Robotics Competition|