The Drone versus Dog Trials initiative was established in 2017 to expose graduating high school students to the rapidly advancing agriculture industry and the exciting career opportunities it provides.
Currently, the Australian agriculture industry supports 1.6 million Australian jobs from the city to the bush in areas like retail, logistics, marketing, research and development, processing and more – it’s a thriving industry. This program actively challenges the perceptions of careers in agriculture and makes farming aspirational by showcasing the innovative ways modern technology is used agriculture.
The 2018 program launched with Muresk Institute’s Drone versus Dog Roadshow crew and spec’d up trailer’s visit to Edmund Rice College in Bindoon. From there the tour will continue visiting another eight schools around the State in both metropolitan and regional areas. During their visits students in Years 10-12 will learn how drones and other ground-breaking technologies are used in the agriculture industry. They will also find out about the career opportunities the industry provides and training pathways available. Students will also have the opportunity to test their skills on a drone simulator and put their hat in the ring to be randomly selected to represent their school as a drone pilot in the Drone versus Dog Trials (drone flying time trial competition) held at Muresk Institute in mid May.
The big day!
On Wednesday 16 May 2018 a pilot and cheer squad from each of the nine participating schools will head to Muresk Institute for the Drone versus Dog Trials. While the pilots undergo drone pilot training, spectating students will participate in career information sessions and other activities until the stop watch starts.
When it’s go time the pilots will each have their turn at flying a drone through an obstacle course while their support crews cheer them on from the sidelines. The pilot who completes the course in the fastest time will win a drone for their school.
See all the action from last year.
Applecross Senior High School
Edmund Rice College
John Curtin College of the Arts
Kelmscott Senior High School
Quairading District High School
Western Australian College of Agriculture – Cunderdin
Western Australian College of Agriculture – Denmark
Western Australian College of Agriculture – Harvey
To be involved in the 2019 Drone versus Dog Trials or to find out more about the program contact our team.