Students delving into drone technology to discover the future of farming

News release | 29-Jan-2018

The use of drones, robotics and new technologies in agriculture will be the focus for students participating in this year’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ (DAF) Hermitage Schools Plant Science Competition.

DAF competition organiser Kerrie Rubie said more than 70 schools from across the country had registered to be part of the competition, now in its 22nd year.

“This year’s ‘Game of Drones’ theme is expected to pique the interest from more schools around the country,” Ms Rubie said.

“We ensure activities align to the Australian school curriculum each year, making it easy for teachers to incorporate the competition project into their learning programs.

“The competition demonstrates the many avenues of how science in agriculture can be a rewarding career choice.”

Ms Rubie said in order for schools and individual students to be eligible for awards and prizes, a series of tasks must be completed.

“Entrants must grow a small crop of plants and will need to regularly photograph the developing plants in order to analyse plant growth and health using simple computer programs,” she said.

“Other tasks include undertaking research into how drones and robotics are currently used in Australian farming practices and a global study on how advances in technology can improve the livelihood of farmers and communities in developing countries.

“Students with an interest in art can also enter the Art in AgRiculTure Awards, which includes creating a drawing or model of a new drone or robot capable of being the next big game changer in the future of agriculture.”

Ms Rubie said schools could register their interest to participate in the competition at any stage.

Competition entries close on 29 June 2018 and winners will be announced on 14 August 2018 at the annual Awards Day and Agricultural Science Expo, held at the Hermitage Research Facility in Warwick during National Science week.

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