Discovering science and engineering can be fun

Year 10 students from across the region and beyond recently gathered at Deakin's Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus for the 2012 Science and Engineering Challenge.

The Challenge is an outreach program conducted nationally by the University of Newcastle, with Deakin's School of Engineering hosting the Geelong regional challenge. The event takes students out of the classroom and gives them a day of fun, teamwork and discovery. It is designed to inspire students to study science and engineering at a senior level.

Once again, the event was a great success, with a total of 16 schools participating. Along with regular competitors such as St Ignatius College, Belmont High, Christian College, Bellarine Secondary College, we also welcomed newcomers Scotch College, Whitefriars College, Suzanne Cory High School, Northern Bay Secondary College and Grovedale College. Feedback from the teachers from these schools was very positive and the students enjoyed the competition, hopefully enough to return next year!

Winner of day one of the Challenge was Belmont High School, with Christian College taking the honours on day two.

Both these schools will be invited to compete in the Victorian Superchallenge, to be held Deakin University on 10 August.

Thank you to the sponsors for their support - Barwon Water and Rotary. Congratulations to the committee, staff and sponsors on organising such a successful event.

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