CHALLENGING: Students completed science-based tasks.
CHALLENGING: Students completed science-based tasks. Emily Burley

Science and Engineering Challenge a study of success

THE recent Science and Engineering Challenge at Woolgoolga High School was a great success, with more than 250 students attending.

Designed to expose students to a new side of science and engineering and to encourage them to study maths and science in senior high school, the event sees students participate in a number of science-based challenges.

The event is supported by Woolgoolga Lions and Rotary clubs, provided by the University of Newcastle and run by local volunteers. The challenges were carefully designed to promote problem-solving in a collaborative way.

The eight challenges included Grasping at Straws - building a working hand from string and straws, Stringways - modelling a travel route covering a number of points with the minimum overall distance covered, building a catapult to project a tennis ball accurately and over a large distance, Hover Frenzy - where students build, test and compete with a working model hovercraft, Mission to Mars - building an all-terrain vehicle to carry a load over uneven ground, Helter Skelter Shelter - building an earthquake-safe building, and bridge building.

All in all there were seven schools from around the Coffs Coast and Clarence Valley who took part.



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