On Monday a team of BCC students came away from the 2017 South West Science and Engineering Challenge as winners!
Competing on the day against teams from seven other south-west secondary schools, the team consisting of twenty Year 10 students from Marist and eleven Year 10 students and one Year 9 student from Mercy, were thrilled to accumulate the highest overall school score on the day.
The Challenge took place at the South West Sports Centre. It is a national competition sponsored by The University of Newcastle and Rotary International. It is held in regional centres around Australia and is designed to provide young people with hands-on experiences of science and engineering, inspiring them to consider choosing careers in these fields.
Students from each school were divided into smaller teams of 4, with each team completing one or two science and engineering activities ranging from designing and building a Mars rover, bridge building, constructing a bionic hand, designing a profitable electricity distribution system, designing code to send messages along fibre optic cables, constructing towers to withstand earthquakes and building a catapult.
When asked to comment on what they enjoyed about the day, student responses included:
“Competing against other schools was fun.”
“Great hands-on activities that allowed us to learn new things and apply the knowledge.”
“Working as a team.”
“Hitting a bullseye (with the catapult).”