Competitors can register online for the 2013 RACQ Technology Challenge in Maryborough.
Competitors can register online for the 2013 RACQ Technology Challenge in Maryborough. Robyne Cuerel

Online registrations for M'boro's technology challenge open

ONLINE registrations have opened for the 2013 RACQ Technology Challenge in Maryborough on September 14-15.

Councillor for events Darren Everard said the Technology Challenge was now the biggest event of its kind in Queensland.

"It's one of our signature events on the Fraser Coast and it's only getting better," he said.

Last year, more than 2000 students descended on the heritage city to design, build and race a variety of machines that harness alternative energy through a challenging inner city circuit.

"This year the organisers have introduced a new sumo competition to the robotics category, where students design and build their own machines and - like sumo wrestling - they have to push each other out of the circle," Cr Everard said.

The referee may call a draw after 60 seconds or force a restart if robots are locked together for more than five seconds.

Robotics category organiser Tony Grudzinski will host Professional Development workshops for students and teachers once again this year in the months leading up to the event.

The workshops range from half and full-day sessions and include hands-on practice sessions and online workshops.

They will be held at Gympie State High School and are designed to encourage even more participants to compete in the robotics challenge.

For more information on the workshops, email tgrud2@eq.edu.au or pmusk1@eq.edu.au
 
Categories at this year's RACQ Maryborough Technology Challenge include:

  • Human Powered Vehicles (HPVs)
  • Robotics
  • Solar car and boat challenge
  • Co2 Dragsters
  • Smilie Push Carts

Registration to all categories will open on Monday, June 3.

Cr Everard said more records could be broken at this year's event following last year's huge turnout.

"We had to cap the HPV teams at 120 last year," he said.

"The RACQ Technology Challenge has a well-deserved reputation as the ultimate community event.

"It's the only event that involves almost every community group in Maryborough, including the Lions, Rotary Club, Scouts and a huge number of sporting clubs.

"It showcases an extraordinary array of vehicles and its popularity is really another good indication of the value schools place on this event as a key learning experience.

"These challenges take students beyond the boundaries of the classroom and into the real world."

For more information, go to technologychallenge.com.au.



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