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Students rise to the challenge


Building bridges, exploring Mars, lighting a city were all just part of the day's work on June 2 for 25 of our students who chose to represent our school at the annual Science and Engineering Challenge.

The event, hosted by USQ, enabled students from Years 8, 9 and 10 to take part in six different activities against stiff competition from seven other schools and to ultimately win the Bridge Building and Mission to Mars activities.

Our successful bridge builders were Year 10 students Andre Holthausen, Grace Fill, Jolie Williamson and Abby Morrison. When tested for strength their bridge was equal to other teams' bridges, but Oakey's entry was deemed to be the winner as it was the lightest in weight.

Year 9 students Denise Delos Reyes, Dominic Dyer, Kalisi Fonua and Tanicia Ireland won the Mission to Mars activity as their multi-wheeled rover navigated the rocky surface, whilst carrying a load, in the fastest time.

Team work and determination were required for all of the activities: from making a bionic hand using straws and string, to constructing a ‘quake proof’ tower. The importance of designing and testing their ideas will assist students to better understand their strengths in future experiments.

Our grateful thanks goes to New Hope Group for their generous sponsorship of this activity and for their encouragement in partnering with our school for S.T.E.M. related activities. We look forward to sending a full team to next year's Science and Engineering Challenge.


 All in a day's work!