Teams en­gi­neer ef­fi­cient so­lu­tions

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

More than 80 Pil­bara stu­dents took part in the an­nual Sci­ence and En­gi­neer­ing Chal­lenge at Wanangkura Sta­dium in South Hed­land.

The na­tional event, run by the Univer­sity of New­cas­tle for al­most 20 years, was hosted by Hed­land Se­nior High School on May 19 and 20.

Years 5 and 9 stu­dents from Port Hed­land, South Hed­land, Kar­ratha, Wick­ham and Tom Price took part in a range of ac­tiv­i­ties.

Head of sci­ence at Hed­land Se­nior High School Cameron Ross said stu­dents were in­volved in ac­tiv­i­ties that re­quired so­lu­tions to be en­gi­neered through trial and er­ror.

“Some in­volved them cre­at­ing items to com­plete a task, such as a Mars buggy, a cat­a­pult or a balsa wood bridge,” he said. “Other ac­tiv­i­ties re­quired stu­dents to solve a prob­lem in the most re­source-ef­fi­cient man­ner.”

The team from St Ce­cilia’s Pri­mary School won the ju­nior chal­lenge and the com­bined team from Kar­ratha and Tom Price se­nior high schools were the over­all win­ners in the se­nior cat­e­gory.

Year 9 stu­dents from Hed­land Se­nior High School won the bridge­build­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Univer­sity of New­cas­tle team leader Pete Ful­la­gar said it was ex­cit­ing to bring the Sci­ence and En­gi­neer­ing Chal­lenge, which trav­els to more than 50 lo­ca­tions in Aus­tralia, to Hed­land for the first time.

“I think it’s very im­por­tant... for stu­dents to re­alise the op­por­tu­ni­ties for em­ploy­ment in sci­ence an en­gi­neer­ing which ex­ist within their own com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

BHP Bil­li­ton WA Iron Ore man­ager Pil­bara Com­mu­ni­ties Chris Cot­tier said he hoped the Chal­lenge would mo­ti­vate stu­dents to con­sider a ca­reer in sci­ence or en­gi­neer­ing. “We have en­gi­neers and sci­en­tists work­ing at the top of their field right here in Port Hed­land,” he said.

Pic­tures: Court­ney Fowler

En­gi­neers from BHP Bil­li­ton, FMG and Rio Tinto who vol­un­teered.

The win­ning com­bined team from Tom Price and Kar­ratha se­nior high schools.

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