All Saints College (St Peter’s Campus, Maitland) out-scienced seven other schools from across to Australia to engineer a win at this year’s tenth anniversary National Science and Engineering Challenge national final event.
A team of students from Launceston Christian College made their trip from Tasmania worthwhile, coming in a close second behind Maitland on the score board, followed by Bendigo South East College in third and St Pius X in fourth place.
Schools were competing for an exclusive ‘back-stage’ tour of the Google HQ, with opportunities to talk with programmers and find out more about one of the world’s most innovative companies.
An award-winning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) outreach program, the Challenge is aimed at inspiring children in year 10 to consider a future in Science and Engineering.
Dr Terry Burns, Director of the Science and Engineering Challenge, said the Challenge had engaged more than 200,000 students since it commenced, with many going on to pursue careers in STEM.
“By offering an exciting, hands-on learning platform, we can foster career aspiration in STEM disciplines.
“Our surveys reveal that 45% of students who chose to study physics in senior high school did so because of their participation in the Challenge. The results are similarly encouraging for chemistry, 35%, and maths, 25%,” Dr Burns said.
The Science and Engineering Challenge has operated since the year 2000 and became a national event in 2005. It has been working in partnership with Rotary since 2001.
Chair of the Rotary-based Newcastle organising committee, Brian Atkins, said Rotary had a long and proud history of partnering with the Challenge and UON.
“With the University of Newcastle celebrating its 50th year, we are proud to continue partnering with such a vital youth outreach program to help nurture the bright minds of our future.”
“The Challenge encourages young people to make a difference in the world by choosing a career in science and engineering,” Mr Aktkins said.
This year more than 25,000 people, including over eight hundred schools and 2,500 community volunteers were involved with the Challenge. The final Challenge results are:
- 1st – St Peters Maitland, NSW
- 2nd – Launceston Christian School, Tas
- 3rd – Bendigo South East College, Vic
- 4th – St Pius X Adamstown, NSW
- 5th – Immanuel College, Adelaide
- 6th – Riverside Christian College, Maryborough West, Qld
- 7th – St Mary’s Gateshead, NSW
- 8th – Darwin High School, NT
Check out the teams in action below: