From the ‘deserts of Western Australia to everywhere in between’, Red Dirt Robotics is shaping the next generation of engineers

Trial and error: it’s a simple but frustrating strategy.

If you ask Jameson Harvey, however, it’s all part of the process.

“There’s always lots of lots of problem-solving that you have to do when you’re working on robots,” he laughs.

After tagging along with a couple of mates to his school’s robotics club in 2017, Jameson felt “the rush”.

His love for all things STEM quickly catapulted him from the suburbs of the Sunshine Coast onto the world stage.

“In 2019, my team and I took out second place at the FIRST Lego League World Festival, which is the world’s biggest robotics competition in Houston, Texas,” the 18-year-old says.

“When we came back from America, we thought that we should start to pass that knowledge on.”

Jameson Harvey is heading off on a 12-month road trip, visiting regional schools in outback Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.(Supplied: Royal Robotics)

It ignited a passion to make robotics accessible to everyone, irrespective of where they lived.

And, from his humble “old Troopy”, Jameson is now mixing dirt and determination to shape the next generation of young engineers.

‘Robotics is just growing and growing’

Employment in STEM occupations is projected to grow by 12.9 per cent in the next five years, well above the average of all occupations (7.8 per cent).

However, students in remote, rural and regional Australia are being left behind.

The average 15-year-old from remote Australia is around 1.5 years behind metropolitan students in science, while students from regional and remote areas are under-represented in the STEM workforce.

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