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Robot Warriors Head To Sydney

 Robot Warriors Head to Sydney
You may have seen recently that Toolooa SHS attended and won the inaugural Bechtel FIRST Tech Challenge. The FIRST Organisation has been around since 1989 but has only been in Australia for a few years now.
Toolooa SHS were privileged to be invited to the FIRST Tech Challenge in 2012 and from this, a regional competition has been developed in Gladstone.  What you may not know is that First have three levels of competition; FIRST Lego League (FLL), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC).  FLL that caters for students aged 9 to 14 and FTC for 11-16 years and FRC is for Senior and University students.  The vision of the FIRST Organisation is to ‘show students of every age that science, technology and problem-solving is not only fun and rewarding, but are proven paths to successful careers and a bright future for us all.” 
Circumstances mean that our FTC team have not been able to commit to going to the State Finals in Brisbane however our FLL team have been invited to the National Competition in Sydney on the 7th of December. A team of seven Toolooa students will compete against Australia’s best FLL teams and no doubt have lots of fun in the process.
We would like to give a HUGE thank-you to APLNG as the major sponsor of our team.  There is significant cost associated with getting to Sydney and competing in the National Finals; we appreciate that APLNG, Walz Construction and QER, were all wiling to help us to get there. We look forward to showing you what all our hard work has delivered.  We’re especially keen to show you what we have been able to achieve while adhering to the FIRST Values.
Dr. Woodie Flowers, FIRST National Advisor and Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, coined the term "Gracious Professionalism®."
Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST. It's a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.
With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers. No chest thumping tough talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either. Knowledge, competition, and empathy are comfortably blended.
In the long run, Gracious Professionalism is part of pursuing a meaningful life. One can add to society and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing one has acted with integrity and sensitivity.
Coopertition® produces innovation. At FIRST, Coopertition is displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition. Coopertition is founded on the concept and a philosophy that teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete.
Coopertition involves learning from teammates. It is teaching teammates. It is learning from Mentors. And it is managing and being managed. Coopertition means competing always, but assisting and enabling others when you can.