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Ever wondered what is RoboRAVE? Yep, us too! The kids are coming home from school wanting to be involved. But what exactly are they doing?

Well, we break it down for parents here – in simple terms!


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What is RoboRAVE?

RoboRAVE is an international series of competitive robotics events held around the world. It consists of various challenges designed for students from primary up to university and adults.

RoboRAVE Australia is an annual robotics competition run by a team of volunteers at Pro Active Robotics, a hub of state and private schools operating on the Sunshine Coast, and in its fourth year has introduced the new MegaBot Challenge for the 2023 International Open.

Competitors need to design, build and program a fully autonomous robot to complete a given task, like using vision technology to follow lines and track objects. Therefore, cleverly engineered robots climbing vertical surfaces, battling in sumo arenas, and negotiating mazes is just some of the excitement you can see at a RoboRAVE.

Kids Starting Roborave Battle

When is the next RoboRAVE?

The next RoboRAVE competition is in July. RoboRAVE Australia and Sunshine Coast Council are encouraging participants and volunteers to secure tickets once registrations open in April, 2023.

Pro Active Robotics has worked with RoboCoast to increase the capacity of robotics and engineering education on the coast. More than 5500 students, 1000 teachers and 170 schools have benefitted from their robotics program since 2017.

“It has helped forge world-class robotics teams such as Chancellor State College’s RoboRoyals. They received support from council to travel to Houston, Texas to represent Australia at the World Championships in 2019,” said Sunshine Coast Council Economy Portfolio Councillor Terry Landsberg.

“They placed second in one of the most prestigious categories on a world stage.”

Girl Building a Robot at Roborave Sunshine Coast 2022

RoboRAVE Australia President Tim Hadwen said RoboRAVE Australia provided students with a great way to test their robotics skills and learn from other students.

“In 2023 we expect even more students to travel from interstate and overseas to compete,” Mr Hadwen said. “This year we’ve also added new competitions and will have our biggest event yet leading up to the World Championships in 2024.”

In 2024, the Sunshine Coast will be the host location for RoboRAVE World Championship. Which will attract up to 4000 participants from around the world.


Summer 2023 MREC

RoboRAVE Australia 2023 International Open

When: July 15-16, 2023

Where: University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Spectator’s welcome: Tickets essential, on sale April 2023

More information: https://roboraveaustralia.com/


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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music.

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