Adelaide to host robotics national competition

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The brightest minds from schools around Australia will participate in an internationally acclaimed robotics competition which will be hosted from 6 to 8 December at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Supported by the SA State Government, the Vex Robotics Competition will see teams vying for 12 spots at the international tournament in Louisville, Kentucky in April 2020, which is the largest robotics competition in the world and is attended by the likes of Google, Tesla and NASA.

Premier Steven Marshall said the Vex Robotics Competition will provide students with the opportunity to show off their talents in a competitive setting, while at the same time exposing them to future employment opportunities.

“This is a coup for South Australia, and we are thrilled Adelaide is hosting a national robotics competition of this kind, exposing more of our students to global and future industry opportunities,” said Premier Marshall.

“We want our young people exposed to opportunities which test and expand their knowledge as the demand for STEM specialisations increase, particularly in the space, shipbuilding, cyber and advanced manufacturing industries.

“Competitions like this help our young people to recognise their potential, and we want to fully support them to confidently consider a future career in STEM.”

Education Minister John Gardner said the competition is designed to challenge, motivate and inspire students with hands-on learning applications based on real-world problems.

“We are working hard to ensure our students develop into creative and collaborative critical thinkers, who have STEM knowledge and skills that equip them for their pathways through everyday life and future work,” the Minister added.

“STEM learning will play a vital role in developing our future workforce and we are committed to offering more opportunities for our students to develop the skills that industry needs.”

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