Queensland students pushing boundaries of robotics


Fruit-pickers could soon be a thing of the past with robots taking over their job.

That is just one of the challenges taken on by some of Queensland’s brightest Year 11 students.

Gabrielle Copp reports.

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The five-day science camp, ‘STEM’, is being held at the Queensland University of Technology.

The main challenge for the week, programming robots to pick fruit.

Sarah Baldwin, Student: “Well you have to use code, so straight code, putting it into the program, and there’s a lot of trial and error. So you program it, see if it works, take out what doesn’t work, try again.”

And a lot of it is doing just that.

Trying, trying, and trying again.

Throughout the week, students have been working on 16 different robotic projects.

It’s fun, but there’s a serious point to all the activity.

Today’s challenge is part of a bigger project being undertaken by researchers at the university to improve productivity in the agricultural industry.

Organisers hope the camp will motivate students to think about a future career in the field of robotics.

Chris Lehnert, Associate Lecturer, Robotics: “As we interact with all our phones and devices, all the technology, robots will just be another technology that we’ll be familiar with and get used to.”

Gabrielle Copp, QUT News.