26 September 2023

Students to pull strings of talent at robot games

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The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), Curtin University and Murdoch University have announced that the Robotics Playoffs and Agricultural Games will be held on 27 and 28 August at Curtin Stadium.

The two-day event is an opportunity for students to put their technology and problem-solving skills to the test in a weekend of robot battles and innovation competition.

Director General of the DPIRD, Terry Hill said schools, particularly those with an interest in robotics, innovation and agriculture, should take be taking part.

“This is such a unique opportunity for Western Australian high school students to use their prowess to build robots, overcome industry challenges and learn more about careers in the primary industries and technology sectors,” Mr Hill said.

“The DPIRD is sponsoring the innovation challenge, where teams of students investigate a real-life primary industries problem and present possible solutions.”

He said the State had a diverse and exciting agriculture and food sector which was continuously striving to reach the next level through new and creative thinking.

“These games bring together a mix of robotics and research competitions to engage high school students in the exciting world of primary industries,” Mr Hill said.

“An innovation and careers expo will run across the event to introduce students to the opportunities available post-school. Industry professionals will be on hand to talk about their journey in agriculture and food.”

The DPIRD is sponsoring six new high schools to take part in the robotics challenge this year — Carnarvon State High School, Merredin College, Wanneroo Secondary College, Darling Range Sports College, Swan View State High School (pictured) and Kalamunda State High School.

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