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Resounding Success: 2024 RoboPro Australia Youth Drone Competition Marks a New High in STEM Innovation

The conclusion of the 2024 RoboPro Australia Youth Drone Competition at St. Andrew's Grammar School last Friday marked a significant milestone in the world of STEM. Organised by Aicode Australia and co-organised by Aizone, this event captivated over 100 students and teachers from 15 Perth schools.

The teams demonstrated exceptional skill in manoeuvring drones through challenging courses, blending manual dexterity with sophisticated programming. The event was charged with enthusiasm right from its opening, featuring inspiring talks by Craig Monaghan, the Principal of St. Andrew's Grammar School,  and Dr. David Parlevliet, Dean of Engineering and Energy at Murdoch University, which underscored the vitality of STEM education and the evolving landscape of robotics and drone technology.

The competition, spanning an exciting five hours, catered to a range of skills from beginners to advanced participants. It was a blend of technical skill, innovative thinking, and effective teamwork, with students employing block-based and Python programming to accomplish their tasks. The event also highlighted the importance of resilience, problem-solving, and collaboration under pressure.

The post-competition STEM segment added another dimension to the event, featuring key insights from Dr. Hai Wang from Murdoch University, André deSouza from the Harry Butler Institute, and Renn Bosman from Celestial Tech Solutions, who shared their expertise on robotics, autonomous systems, drones, and AI. Bosman's display of industrial drones was a particular highlight, showcasing the practical applications of drone technology.

This year's competition was notable for its increased participation and the engagement level of both students and educators. The support from major sponsors like Enex Engineering, and other sponsors and organisations including Structured Finance Group, Murdoch University, Celestial Tech Solutions, Interspacial Aviation Services and Caffissimo, was invaluable.

The event transcended the boundaries of a mere competition, evolving into a dynamic exhibition of creativity, problem-solving, and teamwork. It provided a unique platform for young minds to delve into the intricacies of drone programming and flight control, reflecting the growing interest in STEM education and the community's dedication to nurturing future talent in technology and engineering.

As we reflect on the success of this year's event, we eagerly anticipate what the next competition will bring. It's a journey of continuous creativity and technological advancement, where the passion for STEM among young innovators is nurtured and celebrated. Congratulations to all the winners and participants who made this event a resounding success.

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