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Leading the way with emerging technologies

​Peregian students flying virtual drones.

Twenty-one Year 5 and 6 students at Peregian Springs State School recently competed in a designathon at the World of Drones Conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Principal Gwen Sands said the drone designathon aimed to empower the next generation of makers, designers, entrepreneurs and inventors to design a drone for any purpose.

"Students were grouped into threes to find solutions to issues and topics such as the environment, fire and emergency services and social impact," Ms Sands said.

"Students had the opportunity to fly virtual drones and worked together in teams experimenting with new methodologies, processes, ideas and technologies.

"The Facebook Drone Chief was on hand to explain how the Facebook drone provides WiFi connectivity to remote areas - staying airborne for 90 days at a time.

"Two prize categories were up for grabs and with 23 teams competing, Peregian Springs State School students were over the moon when they won both categories ahead of teams many years older than themselves," she said.

The students brought home six Parrot Mambo drones to add to the school drone program after impressing the judges from QUT, Facebook, Westpac, James Cook University and Californian entrepreneurial companies.

"At Peregian Springs State School we make sure staff and students learn from the best and stay ahead of educational trends," Ms Sands said.

"Education in this emerging technology is giving our students a head start, meaning they will leave school empowered as the next generation of makers, designers, entrepreneurs, problem solvers and inventors and we are enormously proud of their achievement at the conference against 23 teams of students up to Year 12."

Kris Hollants was one of the parents who accompanied the students to Brisbane. He was amazed at how technologically competent the students were compared to kids when he was younger.

"These kids are so clever, I was chasing chickens in our backyard at their age," he said.

"This is an incredible achievement and a testament to the passion of the teachers, the principal and the parents supporting their children throughout their school years."

Mr Hollants' daughter Olivia was a member of the Peregian team who won best concept drone with her classmates James Hedstrom and Ava Teissl.

The best design award went to fellow students Jackson Budd, Oscar Wood and Richard Phillips.

The World of Drones Conference was sponsored by Facebook, the Queensland Government, QUT and Hackathons Australia.


Peregian students took out top awards at Drone Designathon​

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Last updated
10 September 2018