Thank you so much for helping us plan the Estrella Foothills High School Wolves Robotics Team trip to the Asia Pacific Invitational Competition. Our trip to Sydney, Australia was amazing. The students had a great time exploring Sydney as well as competing in the Asia Pacific Invitational. The tournament consisted of 33 teams, only 10 from the US, and was a great international experience. Overall, the team had an outstanding tournament finishing third, losing only to the tournament champions, Romania, in the semi-finals. The students had fun competing with teams from different countries and learned a lot about other cultures. We also won the Promote Award for our 60 second PSA for FIRST following a given prompt. You can find this on YouTube here; it is a Blender movie. Blender is a 30 modeling software, so this is an amazing video with high production value. For the team's last competition we had an outstanding tournament and the students are very happy with their performance.
As for exploring Sydney, we climbed to the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, explored downtown Sydney, and saw their famous Opera House. The students were excited to try a "Coat of Arms" pizza, half kangaroo meat and half emu meat. It was definitely different with some interesting flavors. Our last day there was spent sight-seeing in the Blue Mountains. We saw the Three Sisters rock formation and rode on an old mining track that was at a 52° incline. Our last stop was at a wildlife preserve where we were able to feed and pet kangaroos. It was fun to see the "Joeys" hop out of their mother's pouch and take off. There were also wallabies, Tasmanian devils, emu, and of course koala bears. Even though every day was go, go, go ... we had an amazing time and thank you again for your support of our team!
I learned that the world is a much more significant and vast place then I ever imagined. Thank you for this opportunity to live life. - Kamron
I was able to explore the cultural differences of Australia all the while learning about their history. There are some things you just can't teach in a classroom. Thank you for this opportunity. - Lexi
I experienced how strong teamwork can be successful, not only in competition, but also in many other aspects like fund raising. Thanks! - Zack
I got to see friendship and cooperation through people that were different in every way. This was a great experience and I thank you for this opportunity. - Andrew
I've learned so much from this trip and experienced what I could do for the world of tomorrow. This opportunity has made me realize and appreciate all the things I could do with my life and I will never forget this. - Daniel
I would like to thank the sponsors for allowing me to collaborate with other FTC members, likely future engineers, in a friendly competition. - Brian
Thank you for this great experience, being able to travel across the world seeing a different environment and meeting new people. All because of the thing I love, robotics. -Damontae
Estrella Foothills High School — Trip to Australia