SPEEDY STUDENTS: Lachlan Youngberry (A team), Jared Pacey (All Stars team), Bri Sengstock (All Stars team) and Brandon Kelly (A team) from Aldridge State High School get ready for the big event.
SPEEDY STUDENTS: Lachlan Youngberry (A team), Jared Pacey (All Stars team), Bri Sengstock (All Stars team) and Brandon Kelly (A team) from Aldridge State High School get ready for the big event. Amy Cook

Tech challenge calls on local volunteers

HIGH school manual arts teacher Gavin Grantz knows exactly how much effort goes into this weekend's RACQ Technology Challenge in Maryborough.

The hands-on father has spent about 20 hours helping build his son's 'human powered vehicle'.

"I've been working on it since before Christmas and am still making minor adjustments," Mr Grantz said.

"But the competition is worth it as the children are so excited at the thought of racing through Maryborough's open streets."

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Gavin, who is also the event's race director, said about 122 teams from Fraser Coast schools and beyond would take part in the 24 hour peddle-thon.

Now more volunteers are sought to help get the day into gear.

"We just need people to wave the yellow and red flags and to assist the teams with any problems they have," he said.

The RACQ Technology Challenge will also see CO2 Dragster, Primary School Pushcarts, Robotics plus Solar Model Cars and Boats competitions.

For more information on how you can help, visit www. technologychallenge.com.au.. Email Dean Hazelwood on admin@maryboroughtech.org.

Tech challenge facts

122 teams plus

Five separate competitions

Promotes science and technology