INNOVATE aims to boost student engagement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), through exciting activities and friendly competition. Students build their confidence, teamwork and practical skills by competing in robotics challenges, conducting science investigations and creating video-games. In addition to the competition events, students also engage in STEM-themed activities including engineering challenges, science demonstrations and interactive technology stations.
In its fourth year, INNOVATE 2021 was a great success with 150 students from 13 primary and secondary schools participating. It was a high-energy day as the prospective scientists, engineers and designers competed with their sumo-bots and rescue-bots, examined science experiment displays and trialled each other's computer games. Guest judge, Dr Damien Kee, congratulated the students on their impressive competition entries and encouraged them to explore a future career in STEM.
A crowd favourite, students practiced driving a mining truck using professional Virtual Reality training equipment from Hastings-Deering CAT. The students also loved dancing with and talking to “Sanbot", the humanoid robot on loan from Redlands business Freelance Robotics. Other exciting activities included designing and testing miniature boats, an eSports competition and amazing technology displays of robotic arms, VR experiences, drone flying simulations and robotic vehicles. The spectacular chemistry show, presented by “Surfing Scientist" Ruben Meerman, literally went off with a bang and was a huge hit with the enthralled audience.
INNOVATE is proudly coordinated and hosted by Alexandra Hills SHS in partnership with Redland City Council and the Australian Computer Society (major sponsors). This full-day event, for students from Years 5-8, is open to all schools in Redland City. Schools of winning teams receive robotics or electronics resources, generously donated by our sponsors. All participants also received event bags.
We would like to thank our competition sponsors:
Winners and Sponsors 2021
Winners and Sponsors 2019
Winners and Sponsors 2018
Winners and Sponsors 2017