MASTERING ROBOTICS: Year 9 Gladstone State High student David Turner with his creative robot and remote.
MASTERING ROBOTICS: Year 9 Gladstone State High student David Turner with his creative robot and remote. Contributed

It's drones vs robots as students learn tech

FUTURE robot programmers are right on our doorstep.

Gladstone State High students have been programming robots to find extra-terrestrial slime, in their robotics program as part of their science subject.

They are watched by flying drones controlled by mobile phones.

The drones, which film student movements in high definition, are always on the lookout for trouble.

They alert students who need to defuse "bombs" using remote controlled robots directed by a reprogrammed TV remote control.

The TV remote uses infrared waves, the same as laser tag guns that students use to practice their battle skills for when the machines try and take over.

Year nine student David Turner loved every minute of the robotics programme, enjoying the element of creativity involved.

"I love it because it's very hands on and we make cool machines," he said.

"We learn to think outside the box to solve problems, and by applying what we have learnt in class we come up with strategies when putting our robots against the drones.

"It's just really cool."



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