Future technologists battle it out at RoboRave challenge

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RoboRAVE Australia 2020, will see over one hundred teams compete in a series of robotics challenges that test their skills in coding and mechatronics. This ground breaking event opens its doors to registered competitors on Sunday September 20 at USC and is set to be the first in a series of annual events leading up to the hosting of the RoboRAVE World Championships in 2024.  This is the first major initiative of RoboCoast, a not-for-profit organisation led by Sunshine Coast educators, which aims to engage students and adults in collaborative robotic competition. The event will see competitors engineering robots that climb vertical surfaces, battle in sumo arenas, negotiate mazes and use vision technology to follow lines and track objects.

RoboCoast Co-Founder and Secretary Simon Richardson said that the RoboRAVE series of challenges is open to students, hobbyists and budding entrepreneurs of all ages.

“RoboRAVE is a unique format in that participants can enter using any robotics platform, at any age, with any level of experience and from anywhere in the world.  In order to compete, competitors will need to be able to design, build and program a fully autonomous robot to complete a given task. This year’s event has been reformatted due to current COVID travel restrictions, however we look forward to welcoming international teams in the near future,” he said.

“We are excited that we’ll see the Coast’s most innovative minds at work this weekend. The event will highlight the Sunshine Coast as a focal point of robotics education nationally and reinforce our strong position as a hub of robotics technology. Due to RoboRAVE’s educational and engaging format, these global events have been rapidly developing over recent years.”

“The aims of the competition are to overcome complex and sometimes unknown tasks through mechanical and coding iterations, while also promoting collaborative relationships between teams from different backgrounds, levels of experience and expertise. As a result of exposing students to such challenges, they develop resilience, grit and problem-solving skills, which are the key qualities of successful entrepreneurs. Enquiry and project-based learning are the educational philosophies deeply embedded in the nature of the RoboRAVE competition. The highlights of the event will be a robotic firefighting display and seeing high school and university students going head-to-head in the Megabot arena.”

“Alongside the competition, entrants will have the opportunity to view a range of full-scale industry robots, high-performance vehicles, virtual reality experiences and displays by industry-related potential employers. RoboCoast acknowledges the significant contribution of USC, which has provided the venue for this event. Many thanks also to SCRIPT, Advance Queensland, platinum sponsors Modern Teaching Aids and the Australian Government for contributing vital funds that have helped secure this incredible opportunity for the Sunshine Coast.”

This year’s event is only open to registered competitors and coaches due to COVID restrictions but it is intended that future events will engage a wider, local and global, community.  For more information about RoboRAVE Australia, visit www.roboraveaustralia.com .

 
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