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John Curtin student wins Drone vs Dog competition at Muresk Institute

Archie Le Grice has won a drone for the school in a competition which saw student drone pilots and a highly trained agility dog take turns to race around an obstacle course to achieve the best time.

Students from Years 8, 10, 11 and 12 travelled to the Muresk Institute in Northam for a Drone versus Sheep Dog competition to learn about how modern technology such as drones and robots or ‘agbots’ are applied in the agriculture industry.

Students piloted a drone or supported the pilot under competition style racing and Archie beat the other student pilots with a time of 17.42 seconds. The dog, Jay, had the best time but missed the final hurdle.

Design and Technologies teacher Tim Rowberry said the day was designed to introduce students to an agricultural education and the new ways that agribusiness is incorporating technology across many diverse areas in agriculture.

“This was a chance for our students to use their STEM skills in a real-world, project based capacity,” he said.

More than 190 students from nine Western Australian secondary schools attended this year’s Muresk Institute’s Drone versus Dog trials.