Published on 17 August 2014
Almost 290 of Queensland’s smartest Year 10 students will converge on the University of the Sunshine Coast on Monday 18 August for the State final of the Science and Engineering Super Challenge.
This is the first time USC has hosted the State final, which will see teams of students from nine finalist schools design and fly Styrofoam gliders, wire up virtual cities and construct earthquake-proof buildings out of paper, straws and tape.
They will also build model bridges to transport “gold” ingots from a mine shaft, use board and coloured string to develop a high-speed rail network, and even design and manoeuvre model hovercrafts.
Buderim’s Matthew Flinders Anglican College will represent the Sunshine Coast region against other regional winners: Aldridge State High (Maryborough), Boonah State High, The Cathedral School (Townsville), Christian Outreach College (Toowoomba), Emmanuel College (Gold Coast), St Mary’s College (Ipswich), St Peters Lutheran College (Indooroopilly) and St Stephen’s (Brisbane).
The Challenge is facilitated by USC’s School of Science and Engineering Outreach team in partnership with the University of Newcastle’s Faculty of Science and Information Technology and Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment. It is supported by the Federal Government’s Inspiring Australia program.
USC Science and Engineering Outreach Coordinator Marina Fitzpatrick said the hands-on competition was popular with high school students and teachers, as well as with USC Education students who helped coordinate the activities.
“It’s an opportunity for young people to experience the creative side of science and engineering in a fun atmosphere,” she said.
— Julie Schomberg