E-News Issue 4
Monday, 07 June 2021
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Students were highly engaged with activities at the Science and Engineering Challenge, a nationwide STEM outreach program.
Students were highly engaged with activities at the Science and Engineering Challenge, a nationwide STEM outreach program.

School students build earthquake-proof towers for STEM

School students from around Darwin recently competed in the annual Science and Engineering Challenge, a nationwide STEM outreach program.

Students from Darwin Middle School, Darwin High School, Dripstone and Casuarina Senior College were able to experience aspects of science and engineering they would not usually see in their school environment.

Students engaged enthusiastically in the daylong activities, which presented a variety of challenges.

These included making straw hands to pick up objects, flying a hovercraft, constructing a towering building that could survive an earthquake, developing an effective train network, and assembling an indestructible bridge.

Charles Darwin University’s (CDU’s) Science Outreach Officer Amy Kirke said the day offered a unique way to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists.

“It was great to see what students were capable of without adult intervention, and almost all were successful,” Ms Kirke said.

Ms Kirke was one of several staff and CDU engineering students who helped organise the event.

Students were highly engaged with the activities, and the problem-solving skills on display were really impressive,” she said.

https://www.newcastle.edu.au/faculty/engineering-and-built-environment/science-and-engineering-challenge