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Centre of Excellence in Automation and Robotics

As a Centre of Excellence in Automation and Robotics, our students benefit from cutting edge resources and unique opportunities made possible through our Industry and University partnerships.

Coding for All:

  • “Coding” (programming) as a compulsory subject in Years 7 and 8, 1 hour per week, with visual and script coding and using a variety of programming languages
  • Digital Technology as a compulsory subject in Years 7 and 8 – including coding of robots and drones
  • Digital Technology electives in Years 9 – 12, including coding of video games and Apps, website design, robots and drones
  • Opportunity for students to complete Microsoft Certified Professional qualifications


  • Robotics construction and coding in Years 7 to 12 as part of Digital Technologies, Engineering Technology and Information Processing and Technology programs
  • Robotics integrated into Science as a key learning experience in the STEM Academy program in Years 7 - 10

Drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles):

  • Drones – used in Digital and Design Technology, Years 7-12
  • Use of drones to enhance curriculum activities in HPE, Dance, Geography, Biology and Media

Automated Systems:

  • Electronics projects in Digital and Design Technology, compulsory in Years 7 – 8 and as an elective in Years 9 – 12

Advanced Design & Production:

  • Design engineering using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software
  • Advanced production using Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) with 3D printers and Laser cutting and engraving

Industry Links – through Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA):

  • School-industry engagement opportunities with companies that rely on STEM-related skills, including Glencore Mount Isa Mines and Hastings-Deering CAT
  • Developing knowledge and skills in automation, robotics and advanced technologies that are desired in industry
  • Industry site visits for first-hand experiences of robotics and automation in action

University Links:

  • Access to the QUT’s - Australian Centre for Robotic Vison (ACRV)
  • Access to Griffith University’s School of Engineering Drone Research facility
  • Opportunity for students to join the Griffith University STEM ambassador program
  • Opportunity for students to work with undergraduate QUT ambassadors
  • Participation in QUT student workshops in Technology and Engineering
  • Opportunity for Senior students to complete the Griffith ENG program, equivalent of a first year Griffith University engineering course