Rookies’ robotic takeover

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Queenstown kids coded robots to perform various tasks at a recent local robotics competition.

Organiser and host Emma Wilson is pictured handing over the inaugural Martin Wightman Cup to Remarkable Rookies winners Jack Smillie, 12, left, and Ricky Webster, 11 – Josh Watson, 13, was also in the team.

Wilson’s brother Martin Wightman, who died last year, was a popular local robotics teacher.

She says the competition, featuring four teams of nine- to 13-year-olds from Queenstown Robostormers and Remarkables Primary School, was “a terrific success”.

The robots’ tasks included flushing a Lego toilet and replacing a Lego pipe.