The Science & Engineering Challenge is a nationwide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) outreach program in which students experience aspects of Science and Engineering that they would not usually see in school.
Students are encouraged to explore and engage in engineering activities and learn problem-solving skills through fun and competitive hands-on activities, which involve principles of science, engineering and technology. The challenges included tasks such as building earthquake proof towers and bridges with everyday household items.
Last Wednesday, 30 August, a group of Year 9 and Year 10 students had the opportunity to compete in the state final of the Science and Engineering challenge after winning the regional challenge last term. The day consisted of competing against seven other schools from all over South Australia in various aspects of engineering. The students began the day with enthusiasm working in teams to create solutions to engineering problems.
Schools fought it out to see who would be invited to the Grand Challenge in November taking place on the NSW mid-Coast. We were faced with tough competition as all the schools competing had made it to state or nationals in previous years.
St. Michael's College was awarded second place in the state. Not only is it a tremendous effort to reach the state final, but the medal sets a new benchmark. What a fantastic achievement.
Overall, it was an enjoyable and eventful day and we hope that we can go even further in the competition next year. Congratulations to all the students on coming 2nd in the state. I hope that the experience goes some way to promoting Science and Technology as an attractive area for further study and a potential career option.
By Mr Stratos Kamas, Gifted & Talented Coordinator
"Going to the Science and Engineering Challenge was an amazing experience. Being surrounded by like-minded students was awesome. The St Michael's College team worked extremely well together and embraced the challenge and the opportunity that this competition provides. We all enjoyed the experience and had a lot of fun as we worked towards our set tasks. As a team representing St Michael's College, we felt honoured and proud to have finished as South Australia's runner up." Brianna McCulloch, Year 10 SMC students
St Michael's College, Henley Beach SA