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Science and Engineering Challenge

On Friday 20 April, a group of students from year 9 and 10 were selected to attend the annual Science and Engineering competition held at JCU. The competition allows students to compete against other regional schools, using STEM activities to encourage innovation and teamwork.

We were given challenges that required us to use many different skills to complete the assigned tasks. Each activity had an aim that was to be reached by the end of each session, ready to be judged. Points were earned as each task was completed and added to our overall tally throughout the day.      

‘ElectraCITY’, ‘Grasping at Straws’, ‘ Helter Skelter Shelter,’ just to name a few, were tasks that groups completed in one session and then swapped to a different activity after lunch. These groups had a total of two activities to complete. ‘Catapult’ and The Bridge,’ were projects that groups completed over the course of the day as they took longer and needed more time to complete. The bridge designs were shown to all competing students as a culmination of our day’s events. This is where we saw and tested how stable the bridges actually were and how much weight they could withstand before they broke.

Home Hill finished in a very pleasing 3rd place. The day was very enjoyable, with lots great teamwork on show, new skills being learnt and the passion for Science being on display. We hope that students will continue to enjoy this great experience in the future.

This day would not have been possible without our supervisors; Dr Young and Mrs Sladen, who we give thanks to for taking and preparing us for this event.

Leah Poli