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Western Power has sponsored students from John Wollaston Anglican Community School (JWACS) in their bid to represent Australia in the FIRST® LEGO League (FLL) – a global STEM competition in the United States.

The ‘Crashers’ team of three Year 10 students from JWACS won the National Championships competition held at Curtin University in December 2022 and have been invited to represent Australia at the FIRST® Championships. The Western Power sponsorship will enable the team to attend the championships next month in Houston, USA.

They will be the only team to represent Australia for the FIRST® LEGO League Challenge event in the US against 108 teams from more than 51 countries.

FLL introduces science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to children through fun, exciting hands-on learning and innovation projects.

Participants gain real-world problem-solving experiences through a guided, global robotics program, which closes with a unique global competition.

Western Power Acting Executive Manager of Legal, Governance & External Relations Andrew Cooke said Western Power was proud to support the national team ‘Crashers’ compete in the global STEM/coding LEGO competition in the United States.

“Congratulations to John Wollaston Anglican Community School and the student team on their success so far, and we wish the team well when they compete in Houston in April,” Mr Cooke said.

“Fittingly, this year’s competition theme is ‘Superpower’ which aims to explore innovation for a better energy future which aligns well with Western Power’s strategy around energy transformation,” he said.

“Supporting the Crashers’ team is another way that Western Power is committed to encouraging the next generation of STEM professionals and complements its existing hands-on Circuit Breakers program aimed at primary school students.”

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