Exploring the possibilities

STUDENTS from across the district got up close and personal with the world of technology last week as they took part in the annual Rotary Club of Tamworth First Light and Newcastle University’s Science and Engineering Challenge.

Developed 14 years ago as a way to address skills shortages in science and engineering, the challenge has grown to reach more than 800 schools and 22,000 students nationwide every year.

Last Tuesday, year 5 and 6 students from local primary schools took part in the science and engineering discovery day, with fun, hands-on activities introducing them to the principles of science, engineering and technology.

Last Wednesday and Thursday the event shifted gear, with high school 

students pitting themselves against rival schools to complete in a number of complex challenges, including building a hovercraft, a catapult and a bridge.

Organisers believe by exposing these young minds to the world of science and engineering, it could plant the seed for future career choices.

The students also worked in teams to optimise electricity distribution, along with designing and testing a vehicle to explore Mars.

Challenges were held at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre and Armidale’s University of New England.

The winners of the years 9 and 10 challenge will travel to compete in the state finals.

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