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Around 250 students converge for annual CQ Junior Robotics competition

Published:06 September 2019

CQ Junior Robotics highlights

School children from throughout Central Queensland converged on Rockhampton for the 17th annual CQ Junior Robotics competition, on Friday 6 September.

A healthy turnout of 248 competitors represented 90 teams from 20 schools as they engaged in rescue, dance and soccer categories.

This year’s event was once again hosted by CQUniversity but was held at the Adani Arena, in South Rockhampton, due to refurbishment work at the CQUni community sports stadium.

All three basketball courts were busy with activity throughout the event.

With the Queensland Government ‘Advancing Queensland’ education plan, mandating coding and robotics be taught at all schools (from prep to year 10), the interest in the event is growing each year,” says the competition Organising Chair Jason Bell.

The competition is a great way for school students hailing from a region stretching from Bundaberg to Mackay, and from towns in the west, to get involved in science and technology.

“Once the teams got a handle on lighting conditions and the like, the games got quite exciting and competitive!”

Some team members had to wake with the dawn to travel to the competition.