Last week, 24 Year 7 students travelled to the University of the Sunshine Coast for the annual Science and Engineering Challenge. This initiative has been developed to help engage students in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and to show them the great careers that are possible in this field. It is an interschool competition that sees teams of students go head to head with teams from other schools in the area to solve problems like building a bridge, a catapult or a bionic hand.
The team of Arno Mens, Josiah Monos and Mattai Elimelech won both their challenges, designing a telecommunications network and building a bridge from simple materials like drinking straws and paper. The team consisting of Charlie Bidgood, Laura Coumi and Amelia Siddans won the challenge to build a bionic hand from string, straws and tape. The students had a great day and are just a bit more excited about careers in Science and Technology.