Ben Robertson and Kahla Olsen of Gin Gin won the Junior Dance category of the Robotics competition, sponsored by USQ Fraser Coast.
Ben Robertson and Kahla Olsen of Gin Gin won the Junior Dance category of the Robotics competition, sponsored by USQ Fraser Coast. Jocelyn Watts

Hundreds enjoy USQ events and stand at Tech Challenge

SECRET agents Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 would have felt at home at the University of Southern Queensland Fraser Coast stand and sponsored Robotics events at the RACQ Technology Challenge in Maryborough at the weekend.

The Octo simulator, pneumatic circuit, human-powered water pump, all-terrain robotic vehicles and drones were reminiscent of gadgets seen in the 1960's TV series and 2008 action-comedy film Get Smart.

Gin Gin students Ben Robertson and Kahla Olsen did the characters proud with their routine which won them first place in the Junior Dance section of the Robotics Challenge, which was proudly sponsored by USQ Fraser Coast.

As well as hundreds of students participating in the USQ-sponsored events, close to 750 people visited the USQ stand and took part in the many activities such as making slime, building spaghetti towers and blowing up balloons with C02.

USQ Fraser Coast executive manager Brett Langabeer said the university was also well represented by staff and student ambassadors at the weekend event.

"Visitors to the USQ Fraser Coast marquees could engage in hands-on activities that related to engineering and science as well as find out information on the range of programs available," he said.

"Once again USQ's student ambassadors were a fantastic asset to our campus as they assisted with human powered vehicle marshalling duties, smilie pushcart scrutineering, CO2 dragster assistance and helping with inquiries at the USQ stand."

More than 2000 students as well as teachers and parents from throughout Queensland converged on Maryborough for the weekend of competition, racing and fun.



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