Barker's Junior and Middle School robotics teams have achieved some amazing results at the VEX National Robotics Championships held in Adelaide in December.

Seven Barker teams (16 students) qualified for the event held from December 6 - 8, 2019, which saw 50 teams from across Australia compete over the course of the two days. The annual competition requires teams of primary and high school students to design and build a robot that can win a game-based engineering challenge supplied by the host VEX Robotics.

This year's game, 'Squared Away' involved teams scoring as many points in collaboration with another team in one minute. Over the course of the year, Barker's students have been building robots specially to maximise points in this year's game.

Over the course of the two days of competition, 196 games were completed to get down to a final. 

Junior School STEAM Co-ordinator, Mr David Frazer, said, "Barker had two teams make the final - 4613A Terminator Waffle Rising (ranked 3rd in qualifiers) and 4613F Apple Fish (ranked 14th in qualifiers). Both teams scored 105 points in the final, but due to the higher placed 4613A, they finished second overall in Australia. They lost to a team that scored 116 points (that team also won last year)."

Barker's 4613A Terminator Waffle Rising also won the prestigious Create Award which was presented for their creative engineering solution to this year’s design challenge.

"We are so proud of the way the boys represented Barker and achieved such amazing results in our first year in the competition," Mr Frazer said.

Highlights from the Competition:

- https://youtu.be/oJtFSrNMQt8?t=15066 - The reaction of the boys in Apple Fish scoring a high total is gold!

- https://youtu.be/oJtFSrNMQt8?t=15615 – The Terminator Waffle Rising scoring the second place final.

- https://youtu.be/oJtFSrNMQt8?t=22965 – Terminator Waffle Rising (Jack Jones and Angus Botham) receiving second place.

- https://youtu.be/oJtFSrNMQt8?t=12135 - Terminator Waffle Rising receiving the Create Award.