Sumo contest added to robotics category of Tech Challenge

A SUMO competition has been added to the robotics category of this year's RACQ Technology Challenge in Maryborough on September 14-15.

Councillor for Events Darren Everard said students had to design and build their own machines and - like sumo wrestling - they had to push each other out of the circle.

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

Registrations for this year's Human Powered Vehicle Race  are once again at capacity with 120 teams from across Queensland lined up to compete.

Cr Everard said more than 2000 students descend on the Heritage City each year for what is 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.

State Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts, Ian Walker will officially open this year's HPV race on September 14 at noon.

"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," Cr Everard said.

"It's a great example of community cooperation and sporting friendship.

"The event showcases an extraordinary array of vehicles and it's 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."

The Tech Challenge also includes the Ergon Solar Model Car and Boat Challenge, Smilie Pushcarts and CO2 Dragsters.

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