Media Release

24/03/2014
Students accept the science challenge
Scientifically-minded local high school students will put their skills to the test this week in the annual North Queensland Science and Engineering Challenge.

Students accept the science challenge

Scientifically-minded local high school students will put their skills to the test this week in the annual North Queensland Science and Engineering Challenge.

The Challenge is run in conjunction with the University of Newcastle’s Faculty of Science and Information Technology, and Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment.

Hosted by James Cook University, it is designed to give the participating students a more realistic view of what a career in technology would involve.

It will test students with a range of fun science activities, such as Helter Shelter & Puff Puff Golf.

The event will involve nearly 400 students from Years 9 and 10 from 12 schools in Townsville and will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday (March 25 and 26) at Calvary Christian College in Mt Louisa.

Regional Chair of the North Queensland Challenge Coordinating Committee, JCU’s Vivian Doherty said all activities were designed to show students how 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.

“We need to inspire young people and show them that creativity is an integral part of any career in science and engineering.

“The Challenge will get underway at 9.30 am and conclude at about 2.30pm with the spectacular testing of the bridges.”

Dr Terry Burns, Director of the University of Newcastle’s Science and Engineering Challenge, said it was designed to provide a snapshot of a career in science to high school students.

“Scientists and engineers investigate and solve problems and, whilst theory is a vital part of this work, it is just as important to be innovative and creative,” he said.

Interview Opportunities:

Vivian Doherty, Faculty of Science & Engineering, JCU Regional Chair, North Queensland Challenge Organising Committee tel: (07) 4781 6807 or mobile 0407 288 592.

Photo Opportunities

Photo opportunities can be arranged at Calvary Christian College, Church building, 569 Bayswater Rd, Mt Louisa. Please contact Vivian Doherty. The best times for photos will be between 2.00 and 2.30pm each day when the final activity is tested and the winning school announced.

S&E Challenge

JCU Media contact: Caroline Kaurila (07) 4781 4586 or 0437 028 175

Issued Monday, March 24, 2014