The Science and Engineering Challenge is a nationwide outreach program lead by the University of Newcastle in conjunction with various partners and sponsors.
The Challenge is designed to inspire Year 10 students to study Science and Engineering at a senior level.
Each day the students participate in a range of exciting hands-on activities that are designed to demonstrate the varied and practical elements of a career in the disciplines of science and engineering.
Having been successful at the local challenge, the Christian College team were invited to participate in the 2014 Science & Engineering State Challenge hosted at Deakin Warrnambool Campus. Competition days involve 8 different tasks that students participate in. Students are given engineering problems that they must find practical solutions to. What holds a sky-scraper up during an earthquake? What enables bridges to withstand large volumes of traffic? What features allow for green, eco-friendly housing that still meets daily energy and water needs? How do ensure a rover will be able to navigate a Martian landscape without getting stuck? What hovercraft design allows for greatest speed and manoeuvrability? These and others are the practical problems students faced at the State Challenge.
The Christian College team produced some very novel solutions to their engineering problems. The all-important bridge with stood decent weight tests and the earthquake proof building also survived strenuous testing. Notable standouts were the group’s working on the water distribution problem and the Hovercraft design. Both these ranked very highly on the day of competition. Overall Christian College were 6th and as a group were awarded a Samsung Tablet for their efforts.
The College community congratulates the efforts of the team members.
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