A SCIENCE and engineering challenge at James Sheahan Catholic High School will nurture some of the most talented students in the region on March 5.
The brainchild of Rotary, Byrnecut Australia and the University of Newcastle, students will participate in eight activities based on science and engineering.
“This challenge promotes science and engineering to students and really gives them a feel for the practical side of things,” Rotary’s Neal Fogarty said.
“They’ll showcase their practical skills and it also encourages people to consider a career in science and engineering.
“We need more scientists and engineers in our community because innovation is what Australia needs for the next 50 years.”
This sentiment was shared by Brynecut Australia spokesman Marcus Properzi, who said his organisation was thrilled to support all students interested in science and engineering.
“Our company has had a long history of trying new things and we jumped at the opportunity to get involved at the grass roots level,” he said.
“We’re delighted to be involved and to help these students and foster their love of science and engineering.”
Eight schools: Orange, Canobolas, Molong and Blayney high schools, Kinross Wolaroi School, Orange Christian School, Denison College Kelso and James Sheahan Catholic High School will participate.
It is anticipated about 240 year 10 students will participate in the activities.
“I’m looking forward to it because it will give us a chance to practice our problem-solving skills and use our creativity to come up with a solution,” James Sheahan student Katherine Lindsay said.
“I like the idea of some of the activities – building a hovercraft for a project sounds pretty cool,” Mathieu Guisard said.
The challenge will be held from 9am to 2.30pm in Sheahan’s Mercy Hall.
GREAT MINDS: Michael Horth, Marcus Properzi, Mark Pauschmann and Ben Thomson with (front) students Mathieu Guisard and Katherine Lindsay. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0222sgscience2
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