Schools to compete in National Science and Engineering Finals

This Friday 30 October, three Catholic schools from the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will represent NSW in the National Final of the Science and Engineering Challenge which will be held at the University of Newcastle from 9.30am.

St Pius X High School, Adamstown, St Mary's High School, Gateshead and All Saints College,  St Peter’s Campus, Maitland will be competing and represent three of a total of eight schools nationally to make it through to the Final; an amazing accomplishment!

The Science and Engineering Challenge aims to encouraging school students into Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) studies and careers and is an innovative, capacity- building and inspiring national outreach program.

Since 2000, the Challenge has aimed to make STEM fun, accessible and relevant to more than 200,000 students around Australia.

In 2015 alone, over 20,000 people were involved in the Challenge program nationally. This represented 63 events, 99 competition days, 679 schools and 2,200 volunteers.

Led by the University of Newcastle, the Challenge this year celebrates its 10th anniversary as a national competition.

On Friday, the eight schools from around Australia will take part in a range of exciting hands-on STEM activities as they compete for the topprize.

Each Challenge day involves teams of 32 Year 9 and 10 students who are assigned different activities e.g. building an environmentally friendly house, building a hovercraft to skim across Antarctic terrain, providing power to a virtual city or designing a bionic hand. Students work on these activities throughout the day and points are awarded for their performance. The school with the highest point score is the winner.

Below are the scores so far from all three Catholic schools that have made it to the Final:

St Pius X, Adamstown (NSW)

  • Won Regional event in Newcastle (Day 2) - 1060.61
  • Won State Final (Day 2) - 1328.19 & score was large enough to progress to National Final

St Mary’s High School, Gateshead (NSW)

  • Won Regional event in Newcastle (Day 3) - 1300.77
  • Won State Final (Day 3) - 1271.52 & score was large enough to progress to National Final

All Saints College, St Peter’s Campus Maitland (NSW – Wildcard)

  • Won Regional event (Day 3) in Newcastle -  1444.20
  • Won wildcard place in National Final for highest score from Newcastle Regional Event

We wish all schools the best of luck in the National Final and congratulate all participating students and their teachers on what is already a fantastic achievement.

Good luck!

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Emma Blackford

Emma Blackford is the Communications Manager for the Catholic Schools Office, Maitland-Newcastle and a regular contributor to Aurora Magazine.

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