Issue 4 - 7 May 2013 enews home

Students try hand at engineering

By Louise Errington

From left: Year 10 Centralian Senior College students Alex Wasley-Black and Daniel Oakes construct a catapult at the 2013 Science and Engineering Challenge

More than 400 Year 9 and 10 students from across the Northern Territory caught gold fever, went on a mission to Mars and constructed their own i-Fell Tower during a visit to Charles Darwin University.

Year 10 student at the Centralian Senior College Daniel Oakes joined fellow school students in some friendly competition at the 2013 Science and Engineering Challenge.

While building a catapult from bamboo poles, rubber bands and sticky tape, Daniel said he enjoyed building Lego structures in his spare time, and that although he had not yet decided on a career path, he was keen to pursue university study.

Other team activities included model bridge assembly, miniature aeroplane building and eco habitat construction.

The NT Science and Engineering Challenge aims to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology and engineering, and is a partnership between the University of Newcastle, Engineers Australia Northern Division and the CDU Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and Environment.

In previous years, the event has involved more than 22,000 students from over 600 schools across Australia.