Students take up science challenge

A NUMBER of students relished the chance to escape the classroom and immerse themselves in the world of technology yesterday during day two of the district’s annual science and engineering challenge.

With their thinking caps on the years 9 and 10 students from a range of high schools got down to business, pitting themselves against rival schools in a number 

of complex challenges designed to give them an appreciation of what it would be like to work as a scientist or engineer.

Styrofoam planes and other objects could be seen soaring through the air at Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre where the challenge was held.

Manilla Central School reigned supreme on the day, taking out the Rotary Club of Tamworth First Light and Newcastle University’s Science and Engineering Challenge, followed by runners-up Calrossy Anglican School Boys and third-place getters McCarthy College.

Talking briefly with The Leader between constructing her Mars rover, first-time “challenger”, Oxley High School’s Chris Felix, said she was highly impressed by the event.

“It’s really good,” Ms Felix said. “I enjoy it very much.”

Rotary Club of Tamworth First Light member and regional chairman of the challenge committee Steve Massey said it was evident the kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

“It’s fantastic for the kids. You can see it in their faces as they do the challenges,” Mr Massey said.

“They’re right into it.”

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