Girl en­gi­neer­ing team tackle best

Joondalup Times - - OPINION -

A TEAM of Joondalup stu­dents are com­pet­ing in a na­tional prob­lem­solv­ing chal­lenge this week­end.

Six Year 9 stu­dents from Lake Joondalup Bap­tist Col­lege are trav­el­ling to Bris­bane for the Op­tiMINDS Cre­ative Sus­tain­abil­ity Chal­lenge, af­ter win­ning their di­vi­sion at the state fi­nal.

The all-girl group are com­pet­ing in the sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing cat­e­gory, where they have to de­vise a “cre­ative and fu­tur­is­tic” so­lu­tion to a prob­lem de­liv­ered in a dra­matic per­for­mance.

Teacher Sonja van Aswe­gen said the school took part in the com­pe­ti­tion each year and it was the first time it had reached the na­tional fi­nal.

“What I like about it is they get the op­por­tu­nity to work in­de­pen­dently, it re­ally pushes their cre­ativ­ity and team­work,” she said.

“What they do get out of it is they work to­gether as a team and un­der­stand team dy­nam­ics.”

She said stu­dents im­proved their col­lab­o­ra­tion, cre­ativ­ity, crit­i­cal think­ing and com­mu­nity skills.

The girls ex­pressed ex­cite­ment about the trip and de­spite find­ing the com­pe­ti­tion a lot of fun, its im­por­tance was not lost on them.

Clare Brimelow said tech­nol­ogy was mov­ing so fast that they had to be “think­ing out of the box”.

“We’re be­ing taught to do jobs that don’t even ex­ist yet,” Ava Bushby said.

“The com­pe­ti­tion is very dif­fer­ent to the usual stuff at school.”

For Eve Wakeb, mak­ing it to na­tion­als was the “cherry on top” and be­lieved as well as be­ing fun, it helped their team­work and cre­ative skills.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d474695

Teacher Sonja van Aswe­gen with stu­dents Eve Wakeb, Clare Brimelow, Holly Seitz, Ava Bushby, Zoey Ong and Bel­lise Driesen.

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