Mackay school students go nuts and bolts for robotics tournament

Published:22 September 2020

CQUniversity was a sponsor of the 2020 Robocup Junior competition in Mackay

CQUniversity was proud to support the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) enthusiasts at the recent Robocup Junior competition in Mackay (16 September).

As part of the Whitsunday Festival of STEM, the competition challenged primary and secondary students in Years 5-12 to utilise their skills in construction, programming and problem solving to complete a series of rescue challenges, robot soccer and robot dancing.

CQUniversity was one of four trophy sponsors with staff and engineering lecturers volunteer judges for the event.

Whitsunday STEM Challenge secretary, CQUniversity Mackay Campus Coordinator Leanne Williams said the event was successful in engaging children from the Mackay and Bowen region.

“By exposing school-aged kids to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore its concepts, they will hopefully develop a passion for it and pursue a job in a related field.”

“CQUni has always worked hard to support regional STEM opportunities for young people,” she said.

Surprise visitor, Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles watched over 50 students compete at this year’s event with Mirani State High School taking out the top spot in the Junior Rescue challenge and Mercy College Mackay the winners in the dance and soccer. These teams have the possibility of progressing to the State and National Championship level competitions.