Oxley High School takes our science and engineering challenge

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Oxley High students Jake Gurney, Benji Stacey, Danielle Bishop and Tayla Childs with their awards. Photo: Peter Hardin 160317PHC12

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Oxley High students Jake Gurney, Benji Stacey, Danielle Bishop and Tayla Childs with their awards. Photo: Peter Hardin 160317PHC12

FROM building bridges, to Mars Rover robots – the sky was the limit for Tamworth School students this week. Students flocked to the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre for the annual Science and Engineering Challenge and it did not disappoint.

Oxley High School students were celebrating their success, after their year seven and eight divisions and years nine and 10 divisions won the competition for their year groups.

They both took a shiny new trophy back to school, with the years nine and 10 students heading to the state championships in Newcastle, later in the year.

School head teacher of Science, Gina Watt, said she was proud of both the students and their teachers for their initiative and coming away with a win.

She said teachers Rod Liles and Sue Kellner accompanied the children to the challenge and were impressed by their efforts. 

“Recognition should go to those teachers who went, it’s always hard work getting a group together and going and they were very encouraging. We’re really excited about the fact they won both divisions,” she said.

“They spent the day in activities, including bridge building, catapult building, they had to build Mars rover buggies, a robotic hand and a whole heap of different activities in the morning and afternoon. They were also marked on teamwork.”

Oxley High School was among many Tamworth schools to participate in the Science and Engineering Challenge, which is organised and commissioned by the University of Newcastle to encourage students to consider careers in maths and science.

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