Gympie State High School students Maddison Jeffery and Sarah Robinson are taking engineering to a new level.
Gympie State High School students Maddison Jeffery and Sarah Robinson are taking engineering to a new level. Tanya Easterby

School’s grant to keep studying robotics

LOCAL students are taking engineering to a new level with advanced robotics.

Gympie State High School recently received a BP education grant of $4400 to construct robots to work in hazardous environments.

The robots are for areas such as mine shafts that have explosion risks, chemical spills and structural failures, posing grave dangers for workers.

All components are designed by the students, including sensors and specifically designed arms for sample collection, clearing debris and even human rescue.

They also program wireless video links and other microprocessor controls.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Program has been running at Gympie High for five years, teaching students about robotics, electronics and sensors.

The project enabled students to think outside the box, science and engineering teacher Tony Grudzinski said.

"It's an enormous experience they won't get at any other school," Mr Grudzinski said.

"We take bits and pieces off the shelf and put everything together."

Students have had much success showcasing their skills in state compet-itions and agree the subject is not only fun but valuable to their education.

"It's been a wonderful experience which has taught us a lot of lessons and life skills," student Maddison Jeffery said.

However without direction and mentorship, student Nathaniel Rayner said they would be lost.

"Mr Grudzinski's effort in running the class and the time he spends with students is above and beyond," he said.

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