Jedd Webb (right) looks on while Ryan Lonergan who took out third place.
Jedd Webb (right) looks on while Ryan Lonergan who took out third place. Craig Warhurst

Whiz kids win in robot competition

THE country’s newest whiz kids are being trained with the help of Gympie State High School science teacher Tony Grudzinski.

At the weekend, five teams of Mr Grudzinski’s Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students competed at the RACQ Technology Challenge in Maryborough. And the high school took out first, second and third in the Junior Secondary Robotics Human Powered Vehicle Time Trials category.

The 24-hour race saw the Gympie High STEM students pitting their robots against about 20 other teams. Aiden Patrick and Jedd Webb’s “Black” came first in the junior section, followed by Katrina Lo Surdo and Ryan Lonergan’s “Katrina” just pipping Zac Gagen and David Gresham’s “Purple” at the post for third place.

In the Rescue section Zac Gagen, Ben O’Brien’s “Purple” came second and Katrina Lo Surdo’s “Green (Katrina)” came third.

Mr Grudzinski said he was impressed with the work of the Year 9 students who competed. “I think their achievement is outstanding,” he said.

Other schools from the region also travelled to compete, with Goomeri State School’s “Goomeri Greyhounds” coming first in the Smilie Pushcarts design/construct section and Kilkivan State School’s “Kilkivan 10zzy Indians” coming third. In the 100-metre relay/50-metre relay/Obstacle “Kilkivan 10zzy Indians” also took out third place and were named overall pushcart winners.

The annual endurance race and rescue, held at Maryborough State High School, capped off a weekend of competitions, technological displays and demonstrations, attracting 2000 students and 10,000 spectators.

RACQ Technology Challenge Maryborough Competitions Director Ross Humphries hailed the event was ‘another success’.

Gympie Times


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