Tech Challenge opens the door to robotics careers

Bradley Graving, Belynda Walsh, Nicholas Findelator, Madeline Brewer and Alexander Matha from Biloela.
Bradley Graving, Belynda Walsh, Nicholas Findelator, Madeline Brewer and Alexander Matha from Biloela.

THE future arrived in Gladstone on Saturday in the form of robots.

Four high schools from the region competed in the First Tech Challenge at the CQUniversity Leo Zussino building.

Toolooa State High School and Biloela State High School won the challenge against Tannum Sands State High School and Gladstone State High School.

Tannum Sands student Kruize Leahy said his team's robot had what was needed to win the competition.

"We have a claw, two motors for the wheels and a structurally sound frame," he said.

"Toolooa are the ones to watch out for. Their robot is really fast and they are good at controlling it."

The challenge required the teams to pair up with their robots and complete tasks to score points.

The first 30 seconds of the challenge, the robots autonomously navigated the field and after that the teams took control.

In between challenges the teams made alterations or repairs.

Challenge co-ordinator Nathan Beveridge said the contest gave students an opportunity they may not have been aware of.

"A lot of kids want to be sports stars but there are not many positions for them out there to do it," he said.

"This program shows them a creative and fun career where they can actually get a job."

Matt Saunders from Bechtel, which sponsors the event, said the challenge was about engaging children in science and technology.

"It's a great opportunity for young minds to get together," he said.

"It's about investing in young people for the future."

Toolooa and Biloela schools have now qualified for the national competition to be held on December 6 in Sydney.

Adam Davison, Marcell Dozsa and Tommy Flint from Toolooa State High.
Adam Davison, Marcell Dozsa and Tommy Flint from Toolooa State High.

Topics:  careers cquniversity high school robotics

Teen students on arson charges over school fire

A building at Biloela State High School was totally destroyed in a fire last night.

TWO teens charged after school block is 'completely destroyed'.

Owner of iconic Gladstone motel checking out

FAMILY TIME: After years of service to Gladstone's tourism industry, Mary Moore has put her iconic motel on the market so she can spend more time with her family.

ICONIC hotel with celebrity guests is put on the market.

Abandoned mine sites could create 6000 jobs

NEW LIFE: Could abandoned mines bring thousands of jobs?

AS MANY AS 30 high-risk mines could create thousands of jobs.

Local Partners

Britney Spears suffers wardrobe malfunction

Britney Spears suffered a wardrobe malfunction during performance

'You Spin Me Round' hitmaker dies aged 57

Pete Burns

Pete Burns has died aged 57

REVIEW: Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead disgusted me

I'm disgusted by The Walking Dead premiere.

SPOILERS: The Walking Dead premiere disgusted me.

Flick teases intense and entertaining Survivor grand final

Felicity 'Flick' Eggington in a scene from the TV series Australian Survivor.

GOLD Coaster's elimination leaves Lee, El and Kristie in final three

Priscilla concerned people will forget about Elvis

Priscilla Presley source Bang

She says she feels responsible to keep his legacy going

Taylor Swift files lawsuit over alleged groping

Taylor Swift source Bang

Swift has commenced legal action against a DJ over the incident

Coles to pay new owner of Tannum servo $320K

UP FOR GRABS: Expressions of interest in Tannum's new service station, which will house the new Coles Express, closed this month.

INVESTORS bid for new Tannum service station under construction.

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June