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302 junior robotics experts are at CQUniversity Rockhampton's North campus for the 2018 CQ Junior Robotics Competition on Friday.

They will represent 99 teams across 28 participating schools from throughout the CQ region.

Event coordinator Jason Bell says the annual competition will be "even bigger and better”.

“The return of the robot soccer category is also a highlight this year,” he says.

Primary and secondary school students from Years 4 to 12 will come together to compete across robot dance, soccer and rescue categories, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Mr Bell is excited to see this year’s turnout and is thrilled to share his passion for STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

“Being able to organise events such as this one is extremely beneficial. We have seen students participate in this event to go to careers in engineering and technology,” he says.

“Not only is STEM an interesting area for students, it’s becoming the way of the future and the CQ Junior Robotics Competition is an excellent way to provide students with the opportunity to experience technological advancements.”

Students are looking forward to showcasing their robotic creations to other schools, their family, friends and the community.

Mr Bell said students have been learning about technology that is being used in the real world.

“Students will develop skills from this event they will use throughout their lives,” he says.

“The event is about promoting the use of robotic concepts in a fun way, thus preparing this generation for the jobs of the future.”

The CQ Junior Robotics Competition has been heralded as the largest regional Australian event of its type.

“These terrific tech-savvy kids are the future and being able to get them involved is so much fun and rewarding. I encourage the community to come along on the day for support,” Mr Bell says.

Michelle Price has been working as a journalist since 1999 and loves human interest pieces.

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