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Students take part in AgTech Immerse Day

AgTech Immerse Day
Mia Elvery and Grace Rapley from Bundaberg Christian College at the AgTech Immerse Day with their programmed robot.

Local students have been given the opportunity to take part in an AgTech Immerse Day, learning about how emerging technologies are being incorporated into agribusiness.

Students from five local high schools including Bundaberg Christian College, Kepnock State High School, Gin Gin State High School, Isis District State High School and Bundaberg North State High School all took part in the immerse day on Thursday 25 August.

They were able to learn about career pathways in agriculture, agribusiness and technology, robotics, social engineering and telecommunications.

The day was supported by local industry including Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers, Queensland Computers, NBN and Spike Robotics.

Bundaberg Christian College student Grace Rapley said the day was beneficial as she was looking to pursue a career in the agriculture industry after high school.

“I am hoping to learn about how technology can improve our future as I am looking to get into the industry after school,” she said.

“I hope to make food more sustainable by working in the agriculture industry.

“In this session we are creating robots that we have had to program to mimic the same as what a machine would do when harvesting crops in the field.”

Australian Computer Society project coordinator Jason Cooper said the day provided a great opportunity for students to understand more about the industry.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for local student to learn about the technology being used in agriculture and is a great way to keep local talent here within the region,” Jason said.

The sessions students took part in included:

  • Spike Robotics
  • Virtual Reality
  • NBN Road Muster Truck
  • Social Engineering and Cybersecurity
  • Desktop Dive – Deconstructing computer parts

The AgTech Immerse Day was a collaboration between Bundaberg Regional Council’s Bundaberg Jobs Commitment program, Australian Computer Society (ACS) Gateway to Industry Schools Program (IT) and Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Gateway to Industry Schools Program (Agriculture).

You can find out more about Council’s Jobs Commitment program here.

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