Gold Coast students the robotics champions of the world!

Three Gold Coast state high school students have won an international robotics competition in Japan.

The Merrimac State High School students took out the Junior Category of the World Robot Summit this month.

Education Minister Kate Jones today congratulated the trio – Melanie Hanson, Bradley Cornelius and Aaron Martin, for their outstanding performance.


“The team won the Skill Challenge and the Open Demonstration categories to take out overall first place in a wonderful result for the students and their teacher Daniel Ricardo,” Ms Jones said.

“The junior section of the School Robot Challenge Workshop and Trial Competition attracted 10 teams from countries including Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, USA, Thailand and the Netherlands.

“It is so good to see the new focus we have placed on coding and robotics by fast tracking the Digital Technologies Curriculum paying dividends for Queensland students.

“We want Queenslanders to have a competitive advantage when it comes to the jobs of the future and now we have the brilliant students at Merrimac High taking on the world.”

Ms Jones said Team #QLDCodeJapan were selected ahead of seven other Queensland schools to represent Australia at the competition.

“The team were invited to compete at the invitation of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry,” she said.

The Merrimac State High School students were the only competitors selected from Australia.