OUTREACH TEAMS. Taking expressions of interest.
Metal Minds Robotics are starting up teams across the state. If your child has no access to a robotics team and they would like to be part of a FIRST Lego League team please contact Kathryn at email@example.com wherever you are in Tasmania.
Check out below for team details. Our latest team has started up in LaTrobe covering Devonport and surrounds.
A brief overview of Metal Minds Robotics Inc.
Metal Minds Robotics Inc.
Started in 2013 by Harry with his friends, Damon, Alex, Emma and Matthew and their two mentors Jon and Bruce. Today Metal Minds has grown and has around 20 members and several mentors. Our teams have also won several awards. We have two tiers, FLL (FIRST Lego League) and the FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) club.
We aim to take our FTC team to Sydney to compete each year. The FLL team take part in the state competition in Launceston/Hobart which we co-host.
Competing in competition is dependent on funding and engagement of the student.
Want to join us?
For a child to join our teams they must be 11 years or older. Our intake is in February, we offer places to existing members first and any spaces that become available thereafter are offered to a child on our waiting list. It is preferable that children 11 – 15 years have some experience programming an EV3/ using Lego Technic and children over 15 years have some experience using hand tools, maths and/or programming Java.
Team members are expected to fully engage in the program and undertake any homework and research set by the mentors. If a student disengages or becomes disinterested regularly the mentors will contact the parents and discuss if robotics is the right thing for them and whether they should continue.
Offseason is February to August. Competition season is August to December. During the offseason, students are taught, design, build, programming and teamwork, these are things that cannot be done in the short window of time once the competition season starts.
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We have yearly subscriptions to assist with the running of the teams. The subscriptions do not cover all the team’s costs and costs such as travel and accommodation to the national competitions are in addition. Subscriptions are payable in one payment or 3 payments on invoice. All subscriptions are expected to be paid by the end of the financial year (June). Subscriptions are non-refundable.
We mentor children from 11- 18 years in program, design, CAD and build of robotics using Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Research challenges facing today’s scientists
Design, build, test and program robots.
Apply real-world math and science concepts
Learn critical thinking, team-building, public speaking and presentation skills
Participate in public events, tournaments and celebrations
Understand and practice Gracious Professionalism@
Metal Minds goal each year is to teach children how to work together, to teach them to treat each other as equals, whether that is their teammate, ally or their opponent.
We aim to take the children to competition each year, after several months of workshops and coaching to bring them up to competition standard.
Our mentors are all volunteers. They are also learning new techniques and challenges as the workshops evolve and the software and challenges change.
We encourage the children to speak up, to think for themselves, to look at what they are doing and evaluate how it went… if it worked, what did they do right and if it didn’t why? Even in competition, they need to be able to think on their feet and work it out in a short time frame.
To encourage the students to hold presentations about the teams to schools, community groups and officials.
Meet the mentors
- Andrew Adams. Lead FLL Mentor. Owner at Autofi Tasmania
- Ray McNamara. FTC Mentor. Specialises in NXT/EV3 and Robot C Programming. Assists with outreach teams.
- Alex Mountney (24) Mechatronics Engineer. Founding Team Member
- Harry Heathcote (21) Queen’s Scout. Founder. FTC/FLL Mentor
- Jon Heathcote. Lead FTC Mentor, a Software Electrical and Automation Engineer for SAGE Automation Tasmania. Assists with outreach teams.
- Simon Fowler. FTC mentor
- Warren Kidman. FTC mentor
- Jodie Mitchell. FLL Mentor
- Vikky HN. FLL Mentor
- Simon Va de Aa. FLL Mentor
- Alison Wilde. FLL Mentor Mersey team
- Lindsay Notley. FLL Lead mentor Mersey team
- Listen to the team being interviewed.
Founding and past members
- Dr Bruce Pearce. Particle Physicist. FTC Mentor
- Emma Hodgkinson. She designed the teams logo. Founding Past Team Member. 2013- 2016
- Damon Ercole Founding past Team Member. 2013- 2015
- Matthew Pearce Founding past Team Member. 2013- 2014
- Nicholas Pearce. Past Team Member. 2013- 2015
Our Club consists of
FIRST Tech Challenge Team. FTC. 15 – 18 years of age.
- Mentored by: Jon, Ray, Harry, Simon, Warren and Alex
FIRST Lego League Team Launceston. FLL. 11- 15 yrs of age
- Mentored by: Andrew, Simon, Vikky, Jodie, Assisted by Harry, Jon and Ray when required
FIRST Lego League Team Mersey. FLL10/ 15 yrs.
Covering Latrobe, Devonport and surrounds.
- Mentored by: Alison and Lindsay.
Chair: Fiona Turner. Owner/Partner: Bitwiseag. Senior Consultant Nukon. President Startup Tasmania. Owner: Jinglers Creek Vineyard.
Vice Chair: Harry Heathcote. Tech team Launceston College.
Secretary: Kathryn Heathcote. firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Wendy Mountney. email@example.com