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Festival of STEM  


Last year was the inaugural eighteen hour multi-race competition of the Whitsunday STEM Challenge where teams from across Queensland tested their HPV design and build skills, and their physical stamina, at our Palmyra Dragway. Due to the challenges with COVID 19, this year will incorpoarte an exciting new race format - HOT LAPS in the Festival of STEM held on the 10th October 2020.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming the BMA Whitsunday STEM Challenge competitors, officials and supporters again this year to the Mackay Region, and we are very pleased to be participating in this exciting competition.


A team of Dutch students holds the world record for a human powered vehicle clocking 133.78 km/h at the World HPV Challenge at Battle Mountain Nevada in 2013. We can expect our teams to be turning in speeds over 70 km/h as they race around the special course at Palmyra.


Winning isn’t just about the physical ability of the athletes competing. The winning team will have demonstrated their skills in science, technology and engineering to design and build a vehicle that is streamlined, easy to drive, and able to sustain 18 hours of continuous work at maximum input.


For the visitors to our region coming to support this tremendous event, we hope you allow some time to explore our wonderful part of the world. The weather in June is glorious, with an average maximum temperature of around 22 degrees, so it should be perfect for the event as well as some sightseeing.


There’s 101 things to do in Mackay and you can find some great suggestions on the Mackay Tourism website:


See you in the region in June!



Mayor Greg Williamson              

Mackay Regional Council

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