Fort Street High School

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Robotics & Makers Society

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FSHS Makers Society & Robotics are student run co-curricular activities with the aim of educating our next generation of engineers by equipping them with a holistic experience of engineering from conception to production in preparation for a number of competitions. As such, we are one of the most successful Robotics clubs in Australia’s public education system.



This is a student led club where teams learn about robots and how to build them using a range of technologies. The teams compete against each other at school and then progress to the Robocup Junior competition. The club meets every Thursday afternoon from 3:15 to 4:30pm. It costs $55 to join this club and students can get more information including a permission note from any of the Technology teachers in the Rowe staffroom or they can email

In Robotics, students construct fully autonomous robots to compete in the following divisions: 

  • Rescue Line, where robots navigate an obstacle course to locate and rescue a victim.
  • Rescue Maze, where robots have to find victims indicated by coloured/heated surfaces and drop off rescue packages to locate them and keep them alive.
  • Lightweight and Open Soccer, where teams face off with 2 robots each to score the most goals possible.
  • Dance, where students dance alongside autonomous robots synced to music.A season of robotics begins in Term 4.

No experience is expected, and students are led by a passionate and accomplished crew of senior student mentors who not only pass on all of the relevant knowledge based on their competition experience, but also instill these core values into every participant to ensure they are trained as our next generation of engineers.

Students then construct their unique robots using either LEGO Mindstorms kits or Arduino kits with custom design and sensory equipment to compete in the NSW state championships in late August. High achieving students are then given the opportunity to compete in the national championships at the end of Term 3 usually held interstate.

Maker Society

The Fort Street High School Maker Society provides a Maker space and a social hub to inspire students to start their own technology based projects. Activities include beginner workshops for various technology platforms, show-and-tell, weekly open maker space access, long-term team-based challenges, as well as inter-school competition and prize entries. Some of the competitions our society currently conducts include:

  • Zero Robotics
  • RoboCup Junior
  • The F1 in SchoolsTM Technology Challenge
  • The Australian STEM Video Game Challenge

This club meets every Thursday afternoon from 3:15 to 4:40pm. It costs $55 to join this society and students can get more information including a permission note from Mr Patane or any of the other Technology teachers in the Rowe staffroom. Students will be required to attend weekly after school sessions as well as occasional lunch time meetings.

Contact: Mr David Patane
Teacher – Technology
Rowe Staffroom