2 May 2013
Chancellor State College has won the annual Sunshine Coast Science and Engineering Challenge for the second year in a row.
Hosted by the University of the Sunshine Coast at its Sippy Downs campus on Tuesday and Wednesday, the competition involved more than 500 students from 16 high schools across the region.
Day one winners were Burnside State High School (first place), Sunshine Beach State High School (second) and Mountain Creek State High School (third).
Day two winners were Chancellor State College (first), Matthew Flinders Anglican College (second) and Kawana Waters State College (third).
Chancellor was the overall winner after scoring the highest points over two days.
USC Project Officer Science Education Marina Fitzpatrick said the teams of Year 9 and Year 10 students showed great skill in a series of logistical challenges.
These included building an earthquake-proof apartment tower, developing a catapult war machine, planning the delivery of a vaccine for an epidemic and designing and flying a hovercraft to evacuate personnel from Antarctica.
The challenge was designed in partnership with the University of Newcastle and is funded by the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation, Science and Tertiary Education. It is held across Australian states and territories, attracting more than 20,000 participants.
— Julie Schomberg