EXCITEMENT is rising ahead of the RACQ Maryborough Technology Challenge to be held within two weeks.

It is expected the event will be bigger and better than last year, with about 140 entrants and 70 schools from across Queensland participating.

Two interstate teams from Adelaide and Townsville also will take part.

Event co-ordinator Dean Hazelwood said the showgrounds were considered as an alternative venue, but this was set aside because the students loved the existing exciting and complex course.

"It's a great way to bring people to the Fraser Coast and it's growing every year" Mr Hazelwood said.

"The race builds teamwork, technical skills, planning, problem solving skills and it is an endurance race so it promotes fitness," Mr Hazelwood said of the Human Powered Vehicles race.

Maryborough State High School Year 12 student, Connor Andersen has participated in the technology challenge since Year 8.

RACQ Maryborough Technology Challenge - Maryborough State High School year 12 student Connor Andersen works on one of the nine HPV's the school will be running in this years challenge.
RACQ Maryborough Technology Challenge - Maryborough State High School year 12 student Connor Andersen works on one of the nine HPV's the school will be running in this years challenge. Alistair Brightman

"I've been riding a bike since I was three years old and I have been wanting to do the technology challenge since I was in Year 5" Connor said. Connor says the technology challenge was a great experience, involving meeting people and making new friends. Maryborough State High has been training since the start of this year, starting off with running laps and then practising on bikes since May.

The school principal, Simon Done said it was a great community event.

"In 2017, Maryborough State High School is taking a leap in technology." Mr Done said.

The Technology Challenge will be held on September 10-11 and will be held in Maryborough on Kent St, with the high school being the basis for other activities.



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