AROSE CEO Leanne Cunnold had the opportunity to address 420 primary and secondary students last week (29 July) who were participating in the annual RoboCup Junior State event.
RoboCup Junior WA is the State’s longest running robotics competition and provides a fun and interactive setting for students applying skills such as coding, robotics, engineering, programming and maths.
Students from all over WA attended workshops and competitions throughout the year in Perth and regional WA, which culminated in 135 teams of up to five students competing in the RoboCup Junior WA State event on the weekend of 29-30 July.
They compete with robots they must have designed, built and coded themselves in one of four challenges: On Stage Performance; Soccer; Rescue Maze and Rescue Line.
The event was made possible by Scitech in partnership with Rio Tinto.
Leanne spoke to the students about how Australia was building a world-leading capability across all areas of robotics and autonomous operations and how that was inspiring future generations.
“The space industry in Australia is growing rapidly,” Leanne said. “We need to inform and inspire students to pursue careers in space.”
“Space is becoming increasingly important as a critical driver of Australian exports, job creation and economic competitiveness.
“According to the Australian Space Agency, the space sector will significantly outperform the broader Australian economy in the coming years. Australia aims to significantly grow its space industry from around 10,000 jobs and a market size of $3.9 billion to up to another 20,000 jobs and $12b by 2030.”