RoboCup Junior is a robotics competition for primary and senior school students (typically ages 9-18). With three major events; dance, rescue and soccer, the competition fosters the learning of technical skills including programming, engineering and technical reporting through competitive challenges. The focus of the events is to encourage collaboration, further education and provide students with a platform to “give it a go” and have fun. Each year the Queensland state championships are held at the University of Queensland who are also the events sponsors for this competition.
This year the RoboCup Junior Queensland committee invited a number of technology companies and research organisations to attend the Queensland event which was held over the 12th and 13th of August weekend. Attendees included, the CSIRO Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group, UQ Robotics and Engineering, Boeing Research & Technology, Softbank Robotics (Pepper robot) and Blue Ocean Robotics. The technology presented at the competition showcases the type of career our young competitors can aspire too. Specifically, RoboCup wanted to focus on the great technology work that is happening here in Queensland. Further details for the RoboCup Junior robotics competition is given here: http://www.robocupjunior.org.au/