Drone vs Dog: Muresk Institute trial to show changing face of WA farming

Guildford Grammar School student Fraser Vernon (16) of Middle Swan operates a drone with working Border Collie Clip watching on.  Picture: David Baylis
Guildford Grammar School student Fraser Vernon (16) of Middle Swan operates a drone with working Border Collie Clip watching on. Picture: David Baylis

MURESK Institute is hosting the inaugural Drone vs Dog Trials to show WA school students how technology is changing the face of farming.

The trials will see students race a drone through an obstacle course in an effort to beat the time set by a highly trained sheepdog. The student who completes the course with the best time will win a drone for themselves and for their school.

Muresk Institute general manager Prue Jenkins said the Drone vs Dog program was developed as a fun and engaging way to educate students about the use of technology in agriculture and the range of career options available in the agricultural industry.

“Drone vs Dog is a unique way to show school students the role technology plays in a modern farm,” Ms Jenkins said.

“Changing the perception of farming and opening young minds up to the possibility of a career in agriculture is a key focus for Muresk and Drone vs Dog is helping us to do that.

“Students are really excited at the prospect of beating Bouncer the sheepdog around the course.”

The Dog vs Dog Trials will be held at Muresk Institute today.

The latest innovations in agriculture and agribusiness will also be on show as part of the annual Muresk Institute Open Day at Muresk tomorrow from 9am to 3pm.

Free to the public, the Open Day will showcase new techniques, technologies and careers in the agricultural sector, as well as provide visitors with an opportunity to talk with potential employers and training providers.

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