Following in the footsteps of our High School team, Christel House South Africa’s (CHSA) newly formed Junior School robotics team brought home a medal at its first Provincial World Robotics Olympiad (WRO). The annual contest challenges student teams to use science, creativity and problem-solving skills in robot competitions.
CHSA’s High School robotics team has competed in the WRO Competition since 2017, when it won a Gold Award. The Junior School robotics team entered for the first time this year, winning a Silver Award in the competition’s Explorer category. The team consists of six students: Aatiqa P, Micolah M., Ashley P., Diego D., Yaseen J. and Siterow R. The kids practice after school, Saturdays, even on public holidays. “Our students’ dedication, eagerness and love for robotics really proved to be the driving force behind our success,” says Ms. Beverley Esterhuizen, Math and Computer teacher. “I couldn’t be prouder of our Junior School robotics team.” When asked why they put in so much time, Micolah, Grade 7, reflects that other schools don’t give students this kind of experience. “I see it as a learning opportunity where I get to do what I enjoy.”