Stu­dents set sights on STEM chal­lenge

Pilbara News - - News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

Hun­dreds of stu­dents from 10 Pil­bara schools gath­ered at Hed­land Se­nior High School last week to take part in the an­nual science and en­gi­neer­ing chal­lenge.

The chal­lenge, held over May 28 and 29, is a na­tional Science, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Math­e­mat­ics out­reach pro­gram pre­sented and judged by the Univer­sity of New­cas­tle.

Stu­dents had the chance to learn valu­able prob­lem-solv­ing meth­ods through a range of STEM ac­tiv­i­ties be­fore build­ing their own bridges.

Kar­ratha Se­nior High School took out the chal­lenge on Mon­day, May 28, af­ter go­ing head-to­head with stu­dents from St Luke’s Col­lege, Tom Price Se­nior High School, Yande­yarra Re­mote Com­mu­nity School and HSHS.

Port Hed­land Pri­mary took out the ti­tle among Year 6 stu­dents from Baler Pri­mary School, Cas­sia Pri­mary School, St Ce­cilia’s Catholic Pri­mary School and South Hed­land Pri­mary School.

HSHS head of science Sara Zad­nik said a high-level of cre­ativ­ity had shone through over the two-day pe­riod. “It’s all about hav­ing lim­ited re­sources and mak­ing the most ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion to it. It’s about prob­lem solv­ing real life prob­lems,” she said. She said it was an op­por­tu­nity to bring towns closer to­gether in the STEM world and al­low­ing stu­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence as­pects of science they would not nor­mally see in their day-to-day classes.

“It’s a re­ally good time for all the high schools and pri­mary schools in the Pil­bara to get to­gether,” she said.

Port Hed­land Pri­mary School stu­dent Jamie Brooks, 11, said tak­ing part in the chal­lenge had sparked a new in­ter­est in science and en­gi­neer­ing.

“It’s pretty in­ter­est­ing how you can make things sta­ble by us­ing dif­fer­ent shapes,” she said.

“There’s so much we can learn just by sit­ting in the room and lis­ten­ing to peo­ple talk.

“We’ve been able to talk to peo­ple in other schools, com­mu­ni­cate, and work well with them.”

PHPS stu­dent Emma Boland, 11, who is con­sid­er­ing a fu­ture in com­puter science, said she en­joyed ex­per­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als.

“When I’m older I want to do com­puter science, so it’s re­ally cool that we got to use proper ma­te­ri­als in­stead of just rulers and card­board,” she said.

St Ce­cilia’s Catholic Pri­mary School stu­dents Ar­ron Es­calante, 11, Vin­cenzo Leop­ardi, 11, and Ezekiel Uidul­dam, 10.

Port Hed­land Pri­mary School stu­dent Jas­mine Tucker, 11.

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