Recently, a group of Year 9 students travelled to Adelaide to represent the College in the SA Power Networks challenge to design a robot that can travel across a power line (SWER line) to identify faults.

SWER stands for Single Wire Earth Return and is a common powerline that connects rural homes. The project has been the primary task of the Year 9 Robotics class this term.

St Martins Lutheran College was one of thirteen schools from across the state who attended this event at the Convention Centre in Adelaide. They presented to people from the Australian Space Agency, BHP and SA Water amongst others, demonstrating a robot that could easily transition from one end of the trail line to the other.

The students did very well, with judges remarking that their robot was one of the best for stability and commented on the progression of their wheel design and are to be congratulated in performing well in all aspects of the challenge.