More than 200 scientifically minded high school students will put their skills to the test tomorrow (Friday 19 April) in this year’s Far North Queensland Science and Engineering Challenge.
Hosted by James Cook University, the Challenge is run in conjunction with the University of Newcastle’s Faculty of Science and Information Technology, and the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment.
JCU’s Vivian Doherty, Regional Chair of the North Queensland Challenge Coordinating Committee, said all activities were designed to show the students that science is both fun and practical.
“The Challenge is a fun event where students are able to experience the practical side of science and engineering,” Ms Doherty said. “It’s designed to give them a more realistic view of what’s involved in a career in technology.”
Students will compete in a range of fun science activities, such as catapault building, designing an eco home, puff puff golf and loading specially constructed bridges with weights to see how much they can withstand.
“We need to inspire young people and show them that creativity is an integral part of any career in science and engineering,” Ms Doherty said.
Dr Terry Burns, Director of the University of Newcastle’s Science and Engineering Challenge, said the Challenge provided a snapshot of a career in science.
“Scientists and engineers investigate and solve problems,” he said. “Whilst theory is a vital part of this work, it is just as important to be innovative and creative.”
A team from Aurecon Engineering will also be taking up the challenge and putting their bridge-building skills to the test.
Issued April 17, 2013
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