Students vie for science title at USC

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Students vie for science title at USC


30 April 2012

30 April 2012

Chancellor State College students were the winners of day one of the 2012 Sunshine Coast Science and Engineering Challenge held at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Innovation Centre today.

Chancellor’s team of 32 Year 9 and 10 students finished the day on 1224 points, ahead of Maroochydore State High School on 1039 and Matthew Flinders Anglican College on 965.

The Science and Engineering Challenge is an annual two-day event, which aims to inspire students to study science and engineering at a senior level.

Student are awarded points for their efforts in a range of activities including building a catapult from sticks and rubber bands, an earthquake-proof tower, and a balloon-propelled car.

Media are invited to attend Day Two of the Challenge tomorrow, Tuesday 1 May, at the Innovation Centre between 10am-2pm. 250 students from eight high schools will be taking part.

USC Senior Lecturer in Biotechnology Dr David McKay said the standard of work produced by the students today was impressive.

“The activities that the students participate in are designed to explore scientific and engineering principles in a fun way,” he said.

“We saw the students carefully plan their projects, test them, and then make the necessary adjustments to achieve the results they were after.

“The students had a fantastic time and left feeling very positive.”

The Sunshine Coast Science and Engineering Challenge is held by USC in cooperation with the Science and Engineering Education Centre, Rotary, Sunshine Coast Council, Engineers Australia and the University of the Sunshine Coast.

— Michelle Widdicombe

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