The Helderberg Robotics Club, which is based in Somerset West (Cape Town), aims to bring together young people to develop their creativity and problem solving skills through challenging and educational robotics competitions. To build a robot, the club members need to develop and master the basics of computer programming, engineering and design. Robots are used for everything from building cars to exploring the surface of Mars.
In 2015, the club’s two robot soccer teams received second and third place overall and became the Silver and Bronze medallists. In Robot Soccer, students are required to design and programme two robots to compete against an opposing pair of robots by kicking an infra-red transmitting ball into their designated goal. The two soccer teams also represented South Africa at the World Championships in Qatar.
The club entered the 2016 Western Cape leg of the World Robotics Olympiad and competed against various teams in 4 categories. The robotic soccer category was won by Cody William and Jarret Williams and was followed in second place by Ayrton Williams and Joshua Mockey. The robotic soccer teams qualified to go the SA National Robotics Olympiad, along with Cydney Williams and Akeisher Roelf.
At the National Olympiad, Cody and Jarret won silver and Ayrton and Joshua won Bronze, which qualified them to represent South Africa at the World Robotics Olympiad to be held in India.
To find out more about them, check out their page:Helderberg Robotics