First place at Science and Engineering Challenge

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First place at Science and Engineering Challenge

Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School won the Rotary Science and Engineering Challenge held at the South West Sports Centre on Tuesday, 4 April.

The team of Year 9 students took out top spot with 1212 points, followed by Bunbury Senior High School with 1118 points.

Our Year 5 and 6 students also particpated in the Science Discovery Day, commendably coming in second place.

The events offer students the opportunity to experience science and engineering in a unique way with activities including building a bionic hand, a catapult and a bridge made out of popsicles.

The Year 9 students were excited about their achievement:

"It was a great experience to learn about engineering. It was lots of fun and I really didn’t think our bridge would work" - Jaclyn Robson

“Some of the challenges were very tricky, you had to really think outside the box about how to solve the problem, but it was fun!” - Oscar Beaumont

“Building a catapult was interesting, it was really great to get the chance to do something different and interesting” - Alex Tombleson

"It was good fun, we learnt a lot about what engineers get to do” - Franco van Zyl

"It was interesting and fun to make the elastic band suspension system” - Todd Broekman

Co-ordinated by the Rotary Club of Bunbury-Leschenault, the Challenge invites schools from across the South West to compete in problem-solving tasks that are science and mathematics based.

The Science and Engineering Challenge aims to encourage students to make a difference in the world by choosing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM). The event is a nationwide STEM outreach programme presented by the University of Newcastle.

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