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Students take on science and engineering challenge

Year 10 students Daniel Maher and Cooper Wenck attempt to build an earthquake-proof structure at the event Year 10 students Daniel Maher and Cooper Wenck attempt to build an earthquake-proof structure at the event

Secondary school students have tested their engineering skills in this year’s Science and Engineering Challenge at Charles Darwin University’s Casuarina campus.

About 450 students from nine schools in Darwin attended the two-day challenge, which included building catapults and earthquake-proof structures and controlling power supply to a variety of infrastructure.

An activity requiring students to design and build a bionic hand from PVC pipe, string, straws and timber coffee stirrers was introduced at the event for the first time this year.

Winners of the School Trophy were Dripstone Middle School, which won the first round, and Darwin High School, which won the second round.

Kormilda College Year 10 student Daniel Maher said he was interested in studying engineering once he graduated high school.

“It’s always good to try things out to help you decide what you want to study at university,” he said.

“The event also provided a good opportunity for me to see the campus and facilities at CDU, as a potential future place of study.”

The event was supported by Engineers Australia and CDU School of Engineering and IT, in partnership with the University of Newcastle.