Earlier today, 32 Year 10 students represented Port Lincoln High School at the region’s annual Science and Engineering Challenge. This year’s event was staged in Whyalla – a venue that required a 5:30am start for our bus – and featured six other school teams from across the EP.
This wonderful annual event – an outreach program delivered by the University of Newcastle – sees participating students apply scientific and mathematical concepts to a variety of fun, practical problem-solving tasks. It is designed to encourage more students to select senior secondary science and maths subjects, and to consider related tertiary and career pathways.
This year’s Challenge activities included designing and testing coded messages, bionic hands, Mars buggies, electricity circuits, earthquake-proof towers, flat-pack furniture and transport networks. The day concluded with the traditional (and spectacular) bridge-busting finale. The formidable and well-drilled Cummins Area School team were too good on the day and will represent the EP region at the upcoming State Final – congratulations and good luck! Once again, our students were competitive all day, ultimately finishing in third place.
Many thanks go to the 2019 Challenge organisers, sponsors and volunteers; once again, they facilitated a very smooth and enjoyable event for all participants. We look forward to competing on home soil at the 2020 event.
~ Mr Shaun Thomas (Accompanying Teacher)