We have a new team. They are working hard building a bigger robot to take to Sydney in March. This week they received their new team shirts and hoodies. Click the link “A day in the life of an FRC team” to see the team in action.
Family Trivia Night
Thursday 22nd August
6.00pm for 6.30pm start – 10.30pm
Come along for a family night of trivia, raffles and auction.
Place: The Boathouse, (near Silo Hotel), Launceston.
Bar and hot food to purchase. No BYO Alcohol
Tables of 8/10. Bookings are necessary.
Children 5-16 yrs $5.
Under 5’s free.
One of our mentors received the Outstanding Volunteer Community achievement award for services to Education, Health and Community at Launceston town hall recently. He has been mentoring young people for 6 years with Metal Minds, giving up his weekends and some weeknights to put together programs and projects for the workshops. He has taken the FTC team to Sydney 6 times and was instrumental in organizing and then going on to train the judges for the State Competition which we hosted last year.
We are selling the Tasmanian Entertainment Book for assist with our fundraising. You are able to order them from us for any state in Australia. Every book sold helps our independent club purchase more equipment and helps more students reach robotics through our outreach program. To order the book click the link and select whether you would like a digital version (you can put this onto two mobiles) or the hardback book. This year’s book is a silver edition to celebrate the Entertainment Books 25th yr. There are thousands of discounts to be had, from some upmarket restaurants, local cafes, takeaways, yes Maccas is in there, bakeries, holidays, flights, beauty treatments, hotels etc… www.entbook.com.au/9×60216
The FIRST Lego League Robotic Competition.
Saturday 3rd November. Sir Raymond Ferrall Building UTas Newnham.
What a fantastic day. Teams came from all over the state to take part. There were 18 independent judges who watched, listened and discussed with team members their robot, project and core values.
Thank you to all our volunteers, in no particular order, MC, Event organiser and Assistant, Registration team, General assistants, Running order monitors, Runners, Judges, Tech Team, Referees, Time keeper, Pit Admin, Photographer, Judge Advisor, Practice Table Monitors, Sausage Sizzle team and most importantly the teams, their coaches and parents…. to
Avidity Training for catering for the volunteers, www.avidity.com.au
Mr Dennis Sayer, Andrew, Simon and Sundaram’s families for building the Lego,
Adam and Harry Heathcote for their technical expertise in setting up the cameras so the games could be projected onto four walls, music and scoring.
Coffee Devil who kept us all supplied in coffee, https://www.facebook.com/coffeedeviltas/
To Emma for her wonderful photography.
To Alex for getting everyone up and dancing.
Sponsors for supplying us with thank you gifts:
Vee’s Lollies for the awesome lollies with Metal Minds Logo on, https://www.veeslollies.com/
Tasmanian Made for the bath bombs, https://tasmanianmade.com/
Woolworths Kings Meadows for supplying us with bags. Coles Kings Meadows.
Bunnings Kings Meadows for the screen visors and frisbees and Launceston Bunnings for the tennis balls,
TJM Leighton Springworks Launceston for the car window decals, stickers and stubby holders, http://www.leightonspringworks.com.au/
UTas for the drinks bottles, http://www.utas.edu.au/
Equilateral Designs for the SPACE themed earrings for all the ladies made by Isabella Stewart , https://equilateraldesignaus.com/
Lion- The Heritage, Burnie for the Zooper Doopers and Cheese, http://lionco.com
Esperto Group Launceston, https://www.esperto.com.au/
FIRST for providing the Into Orbit Lego equipment, https://firstaustralia.org/
Ravenswood Mens Shed for making the tables, https://www.tasmanianmensshed.org.au/ravenswood-mens-shed/
We get asked all the time, how can my child join. We would love to take more students but we have a problem. We need more mentors. All our mentors are volunteers and have a lot of fun teaching our club members new skills. Please Do Not be put off by thinking you need to know about IT or Engineering……… You Really Don’t………… Your skills as a person who enjoys seeing children achieve are all we need. Contact us on admin@metalmindsrobotics today and help the next generation learn and achieve.
Got a FIRST Lego League team or just want to see teams in action.
Saturday 3rd November. Metal Minds Robotics will be hosting the state competition at UTas Launceston.
Save the date and check back for more details.
A HUGE thank you to all our sponsors who have helped get our FIRST Tech Challenge Team to the world championships in Texas this month. Without the support and generosity of the following businessess and people it would not have been possible.
Thank you to our sponsors so far…
- Ross Hart MP for helping kick off our funding campaign and for donating an Australia flag
- Simon for his contacts with Yago
- Dave Arnott Van Bower Construction Ltd. (Canada)
- Nyrstar. Hobart
- Rotary Youngtown.
- Rotary Evandale
- Rotary Sunrise Tamar
- SAGE Automation. Tasmania and Adelaide SA.
- Carol and Jim Brown Pty Ltd. Evandale PO.
- Guy Barnett MP
- Boral Construction
- Progress Switchboards. Launceston
- NHP Electrical Engineering. Launceston
- P Mason H M Bamford Tas Pty Ltd. Launceston
- RBD Electrical Spreyton.
- Esperto Group. Launceston
- Rebecca White MP
- Mitul Gandhi (VIC)
- Saul Eslake
- Claire Lowe
- Warren Kinman
- Launceston Scale Model Club
- Elise Archer MP
- Chelsea Von Stieglitz
- Fabio Rubino (SA)
- Matthew Tucker (SA)
- Quelin Chugg
- Carla Wilson (USA)
- Leon Efremidis (VIC)
- Leonie Johnston
- Colin Nibbs
- Paul & Tammy Sheehan
Photographed: from left: Jon H. Hayden, Harry, Malachi, Jon G. Front: Oscar and Erin
Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far, we have an amazing opportunity to represent Australia on the world stage.
An independent community group of 14 to 18 year olds, who’s hobby and passion is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and of course Robots
First Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championships. Metal Minds Robotics is the only First Tech Challenge team in Tasmania. We Design, Build and Program a competition robot each year.
We have competed at Australian National Championships for 5 years. We have won several awards at national Levels, Control Award (2 years), Innovation award (2017) now is the time for the world awards.
We have an opportunity to take the team to Houston, Texas for the WORLD Championships, April 18th to 21st 2018.
Our Fund Raising Goal:
It takes money to take a robot and it’s team to the other side of the world.
Please share this as far and wide as you can, all donations no matter how small are greatly appreciated.