High-tech robotics centre opens at Alexandra Hills State High School

A $4.7 million new automation and robotics centre was opened at Alexandra Hills State High School today.

The centre has two design studios, three learning spaces and an undercover area and is equipped with industry-standard software and equipment.

It will help deliver the school's STEM programs, which incorporate coding, robotics, drones and other technologies.

Alexandra Hills State High School principal Gail Armstrong welcomed the new facilities.

"It's really exciting to have a purpose-built centre of excellence which enables our staff and students to explore all the opportunities available in automation, robotics and science," Ms Armstrong said.

She said the school had courses in design technology and digital technology which had been designed with advice from industry partners.

"A group of digital technology students ... have designed and created an app for quality assurance of safety protocols to be used by employees as part of their sign-on for each shift at Glencore's Mount Isa mine," she said.

The app is set to be beta-tested at the mine later this year.

A student-designed and made gaming console was also produced for the Mater Hospital.

Capalaba MP Don Brown said the facility had been delivered under the state government's $430 million 2020 Ready program.

"This two-storey building is world-class, inspiring students to build on their passion for digital technology, coding, drones and robotics," he said.

"The Palaszczuk government is committed to building facilities like these to give students the skills they need for the jobs of the future.

"The centre has the industry-standard software and equipment students need to get a real feel for a career in STEM after school.

"Thanks to this new centre, students can now undertake a Drone Licence Course, Certificate III Remote Pilot Licence, Civil Aviation Safety Authority Remote Pilot Licence and Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate.

"I'm happy to see this kind of investment made at one of the great local schools in my local electorate."

Mr Brown said the centre would support the growing number of students choosing to study STEM-based subjects.

"I have no doubt that this new centre will inspire more students to consider the school's future-focused programs, with enrolments already strong," Mr Brown said.

"Around half the Year 9 and 10 cohort selected a digital technology subject as an elective for 2020.

"The school has also seen a 150 per cent increase in the number of students studying technology subjects over the past three years which is fantastic.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the students making full use of the centre for years to come."

Construction of the centre supported 14 full-time jobs.