Science challenge to inspire young scientists

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Science challenge to inspire young scientists


29 April 2012

29 April 2012

Building an earthquake-proof tower, a balloon-propelled car and a bridge from popsicle sticks will be all part of a day’s work for high school students competing in the 2012 Sunshine Coast Science and Engineering Challenge this week.

The annual event for aspiring scientists and engineers will be held at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Innovation Centre on Monday 30 April and Tuesday 1 May.

Media are welcome to attend the challenge at the USC Innovation Centre between 10am-2pm on both days. The final event each day will be the Gold Fever bridge challenge with bridge testing and presentations from 1.30pm.

USC’s Senior Lecturer in Biotechnology Dr David McKay said about 500 Year 9 and 10 students from 16 local schools would take part in the annual contest, which is run by USC in conjunction 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,” Dr McKay said.

“The students 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.”

USC’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Birgit Lohmann, an internationally-known researcher in molecular physics, will judge the Gold Fever bridge contest on both days.

The annual event is held with cooperation from the Science and Engineering Education Centre, Rotary, Sunshine Coast Council and Engineers Australia.

— Michelle Widdicombe

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