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Engaging Indigenous people within Higher Ed

CQUniversity's Office of Indigenous Engagement recently hosted a visit from the Oodgeroo Unit of Queensland University of Technology (QUT), at Rockhampton Campus.

Professor Anita Lee Hong, Director of the Oodgeroo Unit, and Lone Pearce, Project Officer, met with Office of Indigenous Engagement staff to discuss employment issues and best practice models for engaging Indigenous people within the higher education sector, including governance matters.

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Rocky's soccer robots kick-off before World Cup 

The eyes of the world might have been on South Africa but Rockhampton got in early with soccer action last week, albiet on a more humble scale.

Seven robot soccer teams, featuring brick-sized players, were among a record 39 teams taking part in the 8th annual CQ Junior Robotics Competition held at the DEEDI Conference Centre on Yeppoon Road.

LINK HERE for ABC's coverage of the event

PhotoID:9068, Madison Morrall from Bundaberg East Primary School prepares her 'robot dance' entry
Madison Morrall from Bundaberg East Primary School prepares her 'robot dance' entry

More than 130 primary and secondary school students travelled from as far afield as Bundaberg and Mackay to enter soccer teams, robot rescue teams and robot dance teams in the competition coordinated by CQUniversity staff and students.

Many teams spent time organising costumes and props to enhance their entries.

Organiser Jason Bell said the competition is a great way for students to get involved in science and technology.

‘This event has been growing in interest and attendance each year. This year 's competition has been bigger than ever ... double the size of last year," Mr Bell said.

"Some of the robots do fall apart during the event so the kids learn how to overcome challenges and how to rebuild them. The robots are based on Lego kits and some have light sensors for rescue or soccer while others have props for dance."

Mr Bell said he was excited that distinguished guest Dr Damien Kee had been able to attend again this year.

PhotoID:9069, LINK HERE for larger images
LINK HERE for larger images

"Dr Kee has a PHD in robotics and is currently serving as the national chairman for RoboCup Junior. He has been heavily involved in the organisation of both the State and national competitions for many years," Mr Bell said.

"Damien has provided many educational robotics workshops for CQ region teachers and has published two books that can be used as teacher resource materials to show how Lego and robotics can been used as a teaching mechanism."

Details are available via 07 4930 9229 or http://cqjrc.cqu.edu.au/

Prizes were confirmed for the Winner: perpetual trophy, $100 Dick Smith voucher, gold medallions; Runner-up: $50 Dick Smith voucher, silver medallions; and Third Place:  $25 Dick Smith voucher, bronze medallions. CQUniversity Bookshop also donated book vouchers, computer mice and blank DVDs.

PhotoID:9070, Organiser Jason Bell launches the competition
Organiser Jason Bell launches the competition