Hastings Secondary College Students Shine On The World Stage

Hastings Secondary College Students Shine On The World Stage

The success of the Hastings Secondary College’s entry in the 2017 FIRST Robotics Championships in Houston in the United States has been extolled in State Parliament.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the team of extraordinarily talented students had excelled over the past couple of months culminating in their success at the FIRST® Robotics Competition.

“The FIRST® Robotics Competition is a high school robotics competition that brings together students and mentors to build robots that perform in a competitive but gracious environment against teams from all over the world combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.

“For Hastings Secondary College this culminated in Robotics Team 6508 coming third overall and winning the Rookie All Star Award at the FIRST® Robotics Competition South Pacific Regional finals that took place at the Sydney Olympic Sports Centre from 13-15 March this year,” Mrs Williams said.

“The robotic team’s success in Sydney saw them invited to compete in the FIRST® Robotics Competition world championships that took place in Houston, USA from 19-22 April.

“In Houston, Team 6508 was selected for the quarter final playoffs, making them one of the top 24 teams in this international event. The competition involved 3000 teams from across the world.

“Their results highlight how successful students and teachers from public education in NSW can perform on the world stage.

“It also demonstrates the success of the college system undertaken by merging Port Macquarie High School and Westport High School just two years ago to form the Hastings Secondary College,” Mrs Williams said.

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