Barker Robotics Take the World by Storm

Term 2 marks the conclusion of the 2023/2024 robotics season, and we have plenty to celebrate following the remarkable success of our teams. After last year's national triumphs, it was time for our biggest representation yet on the world stage, with 10 teams from Barker proudly representing Australia at the international stage.

Our Senior School students showcased their exceptional skills at the FRC Worlds in Houston, marking a historic journey. After seeding first and clinching the win in both events during the European leg in Turkey in early March, and maintaining the team's impressive eight year national champion streak by seeding first and triumphing at the Southern Cross Regional in Sydney, the team was ready for the ultimate challenge at Worlds.

Spending five days at Vandegrift High School in Austin and at the NASA Robonauts facility in Houston, the Barker teams diligently prepared their robots and team beforehand. In this year's game the robot had to play a game based on speed and accuracy shooting frisbes like gamepieces across the field to score points. As they faced over 600 teams from across the globe at the Houston Convention Center, the Redbacks stood tall, captivating the audience of over 50,000 spectators.

In the face of formidable competition, our teams started the qualification matches with a bang, winning all five matches on the first day. Despite facing a challenging schedule on the second day and grappling with an electrical issue that temporarily hindered one-third of our robot's mobility, the Redbacks persevered.

Through sheer determination and strategy, the Redbacks achieved a historic first seed in the Archimedes Division, setting the stage for an exhilarating showdown in the elimination matches. Despite the pressure that comes with being one of the favorites, our teams remained focused on the task at hand.

Following an intense series of quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals, Barker emerged victorious, going undefeated for the first time and claiming the title of World Championship Division Champions! This astonishing achievement propelled the team into the Einstein Super Finals, where the eight division champions faced each other for the ultimate crown.

Once again, the Barker Redbacks displayed skill and determination, advancing to the semifinals and securing an overall 3rd place finish with a world record score in the quarterfinals. Reflecting on this incredible journey, it's truly remarkable to consider that after a rigorous season featuring over 200 qualifying events and 4000+ teams worldwide, the Barker Redbacks clinched the 3rd position overall.

As we celebrate this phenomenal achievement, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to the Barker Robotics team and their dedicated mentors.