Interstate teams in M'boro Tech Challenge

TWO interstate challengers are among the record number of entries in this year's RACQ Technology Challenge.

A total of 123 teams of high school students will compete in the 24-hour HPV endurance event in Maryborough on September 13 and 14.

This will be the first time in the 12-year history of the RACQ Technology Challenge that it will be a tri-state challenge, with a team from Tweed Rivers High School in New South Wales and the Reef Road Rage team from Ballarat in Victoria going up against the Queensland teams in 2014.

Fraser Coast Opportunitiese event manager Kim Griffith said it was exciting to reach a record number of entries and have two interstate entries in the HPV event.

"This will be the first time in the 12 year history of the RACQ Technology Challenge that it will be a tri-state challenge," she said.

She said the growth in the event had been phenomenal, starting with just 15 entries for the first Technology Challenge in 2002.

Event portfolio councillor Darren Everard said the record level of interest was a good indication of its popularity with students and the value schools placed on the Technology Challenge as a key learning experience.

The RACQ Technology Challenge involves six events, including four state titles, with alternative energy challenges to test the innovation of the state's primary and high school students.

"In all, a record number of more than 2000 students will descend on Maryborough, bringing with them an extraordinary array of vehicles that harness alternative energy forms," he said.

"There will be model cars and boats powered by the sun; Smilie Pushcarts, miniature dragsters propelled by tiny CO2 canisters, and stars of the show, the human powered vehicles."

Cr Everard said the Tech Challenge would be the culmination of countless hours of planning, building, testing and hard physical training over the preceding months by students and organisers.

"These teams of primary and secondary students will be madly stepping up their training and fine-tuning their incredible energy efficient machines," he said.

"The RACQ Technology Challenge is the only event of its kind in Queensland where students focus on transport options and alternative energy.

"This event takes students beyond the boundaries of the classroom and into the real world.

"The HPV riders in particular must dig deep to find a mental and physical strength and also work as a team to complete the race."

For more information, go to www.technologychallenge.com.au.