Congratulations to our Unity Grammar Robotics team

Our robotics team represented Australia in Geneva, Switzerland at the FIRST Global Challenge 2022. The experience was unlike any other with Team Australia up against the best in the world at this elite competition. To formally recognize our teams’ second place finish, we held a ceremony on Monday 14th of November, at Unity Grammar to commemorate this incredible achievement. We were honored to host Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun, the school board, our team sponsors, and families at this special ceremony.

The mayor congratulated the team on their success, calling them “game changers” and for making Liverpool proud. He encouraged the students to continue to strive towards making a difference and being leaders in the community. We thank the mayor for his time and heartfelt message to the students.

We would also like to thank our amazing sponsors who helped turn our dream into a reality. At the ceremony our sponsors were presented with a crystal plaque as a token of our appreciation for their ongoing support.

Dr Sayd Farook spoke of the tremendous victory of Team Australia. He commended their struggles and sacrifices to get to where they are – global leaders of robotics.

Our team Captain Daniya Syed delivered her speech on behalf of the team “Our hard work and dedication allowed us to achieve a silver medal at this Robotics Olympics. This journey has furthered all our passions and allowed us to truly challenge ourselves by taking risks and problem-solving.”

All team members spoke of the impact and main highlight of their experience. They include:

Yasmina El-Bureeny “To say First Global Challenge was an amazing experience would be an understatement. Being a human player during this competition, I had to think on my feet when it came to cooperation and decision-making”.

Haniya Syed “Our performance ranked well, and this perseverance allowed us to win silver for the Dr Mae Jemison Award for International Unity”. 

Rayaan Nabi “The highlight of the competition for me was being able to connect with experts in the STEM fields, MIT admissions boards, Intel employees, and founders of elite universities”.

Muhammad Hardan The FIRST Global competition has helped me build fundamental skills such as communication, teamwork, and gracious professionalism, which are skills necessary to have when going into the real world”.

Zahabiyah Hafsah “The highlight of the competition for me was the opportunity to connect with so many students from around the world based on our passion for STEM. It also taught us that even though we are competing, we should still maintain sportsmanship and cooperation”.

Haneefah Lawal “What I enjoyed the most about the competition was that it allowed me to strengthen my speaking skills, and this meant a lot to me, especially since that is something I struggle with. Through my interactions with other teams and professionals, I was able to build on my communication skills and enhance my interactions with others”.

Daniya Syed “Through the different challenges we faced in programming, building, and designing, I learned vital skills that helped me prepare for my future in Mechatronics Engineering”.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Unity Grammar Head Coach: Zain Khan. Zain has been coaching our robotics teams since 2018. He has supported, mentored, motivated, and taught our students in all areas of the competition. He regularly goes above and beyond to ensure that they are ready to take on any challenge. Congratulations Zain, you have done a phenomenal job with our students.

Laila Qadan

Senior School Robotics Coordinator

Team Sponsors:

Platinum          Human Appeal Australia

Gold                 Binah, All Property People, Crescent Wealth, Dynamic Projects

Silver                Fastform Group Australia, Five Senses Education, Marvel Skip Bins, ICTechnology, Ground Technologies, Construction Consultants

 Bronze             Fabrik Property Group, a2 Milk Australia, Curiosity Education