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It was all systems go at Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus on Tuesday 30 October as secondary school students from around Australia competed for the honour of winning the 2012 Science and Engineering Challenge National Final.
Deakin’s School of Engineering has been a long-time supporter of the Challenge - an outreach program conducted nationally by the University of Newcastle - and hosted the regional Challenge in May and the Victorian final in August this year.
The national final was originally cancelled due to lack of funding, but an agreement reached between the University of Newcastle and Deakin enabled it to go ahead.
'This is the third Challenge event Deakin Engineering has supported in 2012. We are committed to supporting the community and were very happy to assist to help to ensure the National Final could go ahead,' says Professor Guy Littlefair, Head of Deakin's School of Engineering.
'We hope these events provide the students with a taste of science and engineering and an understanding that this type of career can provide work opportunities all around the world.'
Approximately 300 students and teachers attended the event, with 30 volunteers assisting in the supervision of each activity and running of the day. The event was also webcast live on the day from the University of Newcastle.
Designed to inspire students to study science and engineering at a senior level, the Challenge takes students out of the classroom and gives them a day of fun, teamwork and discovery. The participating teams were challenged to apply physics and engineering to build, construct and design things that float on water, fly in the air, hover above or drive on land, use simulators, electricity, plastic, foam, balsa, rubber, tape and other items.
Competing on the day were: Christian College Geelong (Victoria/Geelong); All Saints College - St Peter's Campus (Northern NSW/Newcastle); Henry Lawson High School (Southern NSW/South West Slopes); Centralian College, Alice Springs (NT/Darwin), Oakey State High School (Queensland/Darling Downs); Dungog High School (Northern NSW/Newcastle); St Peter's College (South Australia/Adelaide South), and
Riverside High School (Tasmania/Launceston).
Taking out honours on the day was All Saints College - St Peter's Campus, Newcastle
The Science and Engineering Challenge National Final, was run by The University of Newcastle, Deakin University and supported by Rotary.