Build­ing skills for the fu­ture

Stu­dents soar in chal­lenge

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Me­lanie Keyte me­lanie.keyte@gat­ton­star.com.au

SKY­SCRAPERS teetered to­wards the ceil­ing in Gat­ton State School hall last Thurs­day as ex­cited lit­tle builders swarmed around them.

It was the Lock­yer’s an­nual in­ter­school STEM (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths) chal­lenge, which saw some of our bright­est young minds from six dif­fer­ent schools test their skills.

Co-or­gan­iser Ia­man Petrie said the stu­dents had to com­plete a se­ries of prac­ti­cal tasks, in­clud­ing a maths re­lay and a tower­build­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

“We used to just hold it as

❝We’re hav­ing fun and learn­ing to build things so in the fu­ture, we’ll know what to do.

— Stu­art Hood.

a maths com­pe­ti­tion but, as we keep hear­ing, STEM sub­jects are go­ing to be very im­por­tant in th­ese kids’ fu­ture,” Ms Petrie said.

“Here, we’ve got them work­ing to­gether, within a team and build­ing their prob­lem-solv­ing skills.”

Class­mates Bray Robin­son, Stu­art Hood, Pa­trick Walker and Cayles Ost built an Em­pire State Build­ing-in­spired tower to en­sure the struc­ture was strong.

“We’re hav­ing fun and learn­ing to build things so in the fu­ture, we’ll know what to do,” Stu­art said.

Mean­while, Mer­cia Zill­man, Nisa Khaerun­nisa, De­clan Tay­lol and Aye­sha Sal­man at­tempted to hit the tri­fecta: height, aes­thetic, and stur­di­ness.

“We’re do­ing a square tower be­cause squares are pretty strong to build on,” Mer­cia said.

“It’s colour-coded too be­cause it looks nice.”

The Year 5 stu­dents said they liked the com­pe­ti­tion’s hands-on el­e­ments and en­joyed get­ting com­pet­i­tive with the other teams.

Stu­dents from Tenthill Lower, Lake Claren­don, Flag­stone Creek, Gran­tham, Peace Lutheran Col­lege and Our Lady of Good Coun­sel schools took part in the day, with Gat­ton teams tak­ing the top spot in every di­vi­sion for the first time in four years.

Year 4 cham­pi­ons were the Mad STEMS, Year 5 win­ners were the Stem-tas­tics and team Three-plus-me won the Year 6 di­vi­sion.

“It’s just a bit of fun.”

PHOTO: ME­LANIE KEYTE

STRUC­TURE IDEAS: Year 5 stu­dents Mer­cia Zill­mann, Nisa Khaerun­nisa, De­clan Tay­lol and Aye­sha Sal­man were de­ter­mined to make the high­est-reach­ing tower.

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