Brodie Whiteman, Josh Baker and Jaime Enseleit from Wollumbin High Murwillumbah test out their bridge for the Gold Fever activity at the Northern Rivers Science and Engineering Challenge at Southern Cross University
Brodie Whiteman, Josh Baker and Jaime Enseleit from Wollumbin High Murwillumbah test out their bridge for the Gold Fever activity at the Northern Rivers Science and Engineering Challenge at Southern Cross University John Waddell

School kids looking for wild-card to science

A TWEED high school could get a wild-card entry into the national final of the Science and Engineering Challenge after Southern Cross University was awarded hosting rights.

Eight high schools from across Australia, including Wollumbin High School and Lindisfarne Anglican College will compete in the 2013 Science and Engineering Challenge national final at the University's Lismore campus on October 30.

Today the two Tweed schools took part in the start of the local rounds of the competition.

"Being awarded the national finals is a vote of recognition in Southern Cross University's new civil engineering degree, which commenced this year, and an opportunity to showcase our facilities and the Northern Rivers region as a place to study engineering," Professor Jerry Vanclay, head of the School of Environment, Science and Engineering said.

"The University has done a fantastic job of hosting the local Engineering Challenge for several years now.

The degree will also train engineers to have a solid grasp of engineering fundamentals and assist in solving regional as well as global engineering challenges.

"I encourage students to seriously consider studying engineering at SCU when they graduate from high school," Southern Cross University Foundation Professor of Engineering Scott Smith said.

The challenge is designed to inspire year 9 and 10 students to study science and engineering at a senior level.

This year around 450 students from 16 high schools are taking part over two days, June 5 and 6. 

The Challenge is a practical day of fun, teamwork and discovery.

Each day the students participate in a range of hands-on activities that are designed to demonstrate the varied and practical elements of a career in the disciplines of science and engineering.

Each completed activity earns points for the school's team.



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