Maryborough High School Students to build, develop drones Fraser Coast Queensland Australia

THERE are about 50,000 drones flying in Australian skies at any one given time, according to Andrew Bradshaw, and as of July Maryborough Fraser Coast Qld students will just add to that growing number.


FLYING HIGH: Autonomous Technology CEO Andrew Bradshaw, Bruce Bell of Skills Generation and Graeme Nagle of Osprey Imagery with Head of Technology at MSHS Gavin Grantz and one of the drones that students will build and learn to fly from July 2018.Alistair Brightman


Maryborough State High School is partnering with Autonomous Technology to deliver a  great new programme for senior Fraser Coast Qld high school students.

Students have the opportunity to commence a Certificate II in Engineering Pathways in Year 10 which would lead them to a Certificate III in Aviation by the middle of Year 12.

Within the programme, students will get to learn how to design, build and operate drones with a CASA-Approved Commercial Pilot License.

Mr Bradshaw, CEO of of Autonomous Technology said in 2019, the students would develop and print drone pieces on 3D printers.

Each student will receive their own individual drone kit which they will use to build and will also have theory-based lessons to learn laws and regulations about the use of drones. MSHS Head of Technology Gavin Grantz said the introduced curriculum was an “exciting time”.

“It’s a gateway to a particular group of students to head down and it’s something we haven’t catered for before,” Mr Grantz said.

“It fits well with what we do and where we’re headed and the couple of students I’ve spoken to can’t wait.”

MSHS principal Simon Done said the curriculum could assist with youth unemployment. “If you’re looking at youth unemployment and youth capacity to be able to go into an industry where there’s a significant shortfall of qualified people, we have the opportunity to provide that industry (with) local workers,” he said.

“The idea of looking at a significant growth industry and being able to do that locally, that’s just too appealing to bypass.”

Earlier this year, the school was one of just a few in the North School region to introduce the new national Digital Technologies Curriculum, involving I T coding.


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NEEDY HOWARD STUDENTS  have been looked after in the shoe department

Some 75 children at Howard State School will receive new school shoes for next year, after a donation from the Shoes and Socks 4 Kids program.

The program was a result of more than year’s research by the charity, which spoke to schools and teachers to find out what the most important and urgent needs of disadvantaged children were.
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Howard State School principal David McGucken said the answer to what kids needed was unusually simple, with basic necessities such as school shoes high on the list of priorities.

“It’s nice to get something so useful,” he said.

Mr McGucken said the new shoes would be handed out next year to the students who needed them most.

Pauline Preston, managing director of the Brighter Future 4 Kids Foundation, said it was shocking to hear from teachers across the state about the effects of poverty on students.

“This program ensures children will go to school without the stigma of having no shoes, increasing school attendance, reducing ill health and reducing school bullying,” she said.

Ms Preston said the donation to Howard was made possible thanks to the support of organisations such as the Rali Foundation and Star Track Express, which generously delivered all the shoes and socks for free.
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Chopperline sees growth opportunities

Quality facilities and growth opportunities were key factors in Chopperline’s expansion into Maryborough.

The Caloundra-based flight training school is owned by the Curry Kenny Aviation Group, possibly the largest privately owned aviation company in Australia.

Shawn Kelly, base manager of the Maryborough operations, said that Council was extremely co-operative and helpful in negotiations with Chopperline management.


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