Future scientists and engineers do battle

@JCU Future scientists and engineers do battle

Future scientists and engineers do battle

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Students from The Cathedral School during The Bridge test.

Designing and firing a catapult and wiring up a virtual city are some of the activities that took place last week in JCU’s Science and Engineering Challenge.

More than 500 school students from 15 northern high schools competed over two days on Thursday and Friday at JCU’s Townsville campus.

The Challenge aims to inspire Year 9 and 10 students into a career of science and engineering through fun and interesting activities.

The Challenge is run in conjunction with the University of Newcastle and is a nationwide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) outreach program.

The students are allocated one or two tasks for the day and they are assessed as to how well they complete the tasks, competing against students from other schools.

The program aims to inspire students in Years Nine and 10 to choose to study subjects such as maths, physics and chemistry in years 11 and 12.

The event is hosted by JCU’s Division of Tropical Environments & Societies.

A list of North Queensland high schools competing included:

Schools who participated in Townsville

School Name

Challenge Day

Ignatius Park College

Thursday

Blackheath and Thornburgh College

Thursday

The Cathedral School of St Anne & St James

Thursday

Ryan Catholic College

Thursday

Pimlico State High School

Thursday

Heatley Secondary College

Thursday

Clermont SHS/Capella SHS

Thursday

Home Hill State High

Friday

Townsville State High School

Friday

Thuringowa State High School

Friday

St Margaret Mary's College

Friday

St Anthony's Catholic College

Friday

Northern Beaches State High School

Friday

Kirwan State High School

Friday

Calvary Christian College

Friday