Published on 29 April 2013
Budding engineers and scientists from 16 high schools across the region are primed to tackle some tough assignments this week at the annual Sunshine Coast Science and Engineering Challenge.
More than 500 switched-on students will test their knowledge and skills in a range of exciting logistical challenges at the event, hosted by the University of the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday 30 April and Wednesday 1 May.
Participants will be required to build an earthquake-proof apartment tower, develop a new catapult war machine, plan the delivery of a vaccine for an emerging epidemic and to design, build and fly a hovercraft to be used in helping evacuate personnel from the Australian Antarctic Base.
USC’s Professor of Engineering Mark Porter said the annual challenge for Year 9 and 10 students was designed in partnership with the University of Newcastle.
“Students will participate in a range of exciting, competitive activities that are designed to demonstrate the varied and practical elements of a career in the science and engineering industries,” he said.
“They will get to explore scientific principles for themselves in a fun environment, supported by teamwork. It’s a great way to inspire students to study science and engineering at a senior level.”
The Science and Engineering Challenge is funded by the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation, Science and Tertiary Education and is held across Australian states and territories, attracting more than 20,000 participants nationally.
— Jessica Halls