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State Science and Engineering Super Challenge

19/10/2013
​Jaylen, Mikaylah, Rachel and Chris build a winning trebuchet.

​Building a load-bearing bridge out of balsa wood, masking tape, thumb tacks and coffee stirrers would challenge the most experienced engineer, but that was one of the tasks presented to Home Hill State High students at the State Science and Engineering Challenge.

The Science and Engineering Challenge is a nation-wide outreach program led by the University of Newcastle in conjunction with Rotary Clubs and other partners and sponsors across Australia for challenges held throughout the year. The Science and Engineering Challenge is designed to inspire students to study science and engineering at a senior level. Through a day of fun and teamwork, students undertake a series of hands-on activities designed to challenge them in the practical elements of science and engineering.

More than 500 of the best science students in the state converged on the James Cook University Townsville campus on the 11-13 September for the 2013 Queensland Science and Engineering Super Challenge.  The eighteen schools competing had previously won their regional finals with Home Hill State High School achieving an amazing seventh consecutive win as North Queensland Champions. Students from the eighteen schools pitched their skills against each other across three days of competition.

Throughout the day, the students’ spirits were dampened as progressive scores were announced. It didn’t seem as though the day was going to end well. Prior to the last event Home Hill State High School were coming third out of the six schools. The excitement in the room was built as the final constructions were tested.  Would the Home Hill State High bridge withstand the “Bridge Buster’? Unfortunately it didn’t, however it was able to carry a very heavy load and due to the lightness of materials used to construct it, it scored well in points. When the final scores were announced, Home Hill State High School was announced winner for the day.

Unfortunately, St Joseph’s Nudgee College were announced the State Champions as they achieved greater points on the previous day and earned their spot in the National final in Lismore. Brisbane Bay College also edged out Home Hill State High School by only 17 points.

The Home Hill State High School Science and Engineering students were place third overall in the state! A fantastic achievement for such a small school.

The school and community are certainly proud of the students’ achievement.