LNG company chips in $41,000 for Gladstone drone race
SCIENCE used to be taught by teachers who droned on in front of a class about Newton's Laws of Motion. Now it's about drones in the sky.
This was obvious yesterday as 41 students from 14 schools from the Gladstone region took park in CQUniversity's drone races as part of Science Week.
CQUniversity welcomed the $41,278 grant from QGC that enabled 66 students from 22 schools to attend the Drone Races event at it's marina campus today as part of National Science Week.
The kids battled in groups of three over three different courses.
One was a mock-up of a natural disaster scenario where the drones were used to navigate an area to identify if it would be safe for emergency services to enter.
Another imitated Dr Ben Taylor's work, where a drone is used on a Bundaberg lychee farm to shoo away flying foxes.
The students had to program where the drones were supposed to go through the courses.
Clinton State School student Jacob Mills said it was harder than he thought.
"I was expecting to control the drones with the Ipad, not program it in," he said.
Clem Boston from Kin Kora State School said the secret was getting the measurements right for the program.
"So far we have just got the distance wrong from start to finish," he said.