New ‘green’ vehicle to be shown off at Tech Challenge

ONE of the world's latest advancements in green motoring will by on display at this weekend's RACQ Technology Challenge in Maryborough.

The RACQ will showcase a battery-electric car with an on-board generator.

Fraser Coast Opportunities event manager Kim Griffith said while students raced prototypes of energy efficient machines of the future around dedicated tracks, off the track there would be displays to highlight past inventions alongside up-to-the-minute activities and hands-on experiments.

"At the University of Southern Queensland marquee, event goers can take part in UV paper activities and magic science experiments, play with solar cars, robots, high-powered paper rockets and reactionary balloons," she said.

USQ will also offer the chance for people to try one of the newest sport and exercise activities, human hamster balls, and to play with and win a Sphero robot, a cutting-edge robotic device.

"In contrast to the USQ section, we will also have a Memories of Yesteryear display of machines which may appear outdated now, but were revolutionary in their day, including displays of old irons and laundry equipment and sewing machines," Ms Griffith said.

"The display will give a taste of what life used to be like when it was simpler but a lot more labour intensive."

For more information, visit www.technologychallenge.com.au.