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Highlands Science and Engineering Challenge

UNE once again hosted the Highlands Science and Engineering Challenge which was held over two days.

Tuesday March 31 saw over 200 year 5 to 6 primary school students from Armidale based primary schools, Ben Venue, Armidale City, Sandon, Martins Gully, TAS, PLC, St Johns and St Marys, participate in the Discovery Day. The Discovery Day  involves teams from each school working on activities such as building and testing a bridge, constructing and flying an airship, constructing and driving a hover craft and constructing and testing a Mars explorer vehicle.

Wednesday April 1 saw over 200 year 9 and 10 students from regional high schools, PLC, NEGS, O’Connor, Uralla Central, Walcha Central, Inverell, MacIntyre and Holy Trinity, participate in the Highlands Challenge. The Challenge involves teams working on the same activities as in the Discovery Day with one important  difference, it is competitive. All activities have a scoring component with the result being a overall winning school. This year O’Connor Catholic College was the winning school, for the second year in a row. Well done O’Connor. They will travel to Newcastle in August, during Science Week, to represent our region at the Super Challenge. If they are successful at the Super Challenge they could be invited to the Grand Challenge to be held in Bendigo in October.

Congratulations to all students who attended this year events, we look forward to seeing some of you again next year.

Tentative dates for the 2010 are, Discovery Day Tuesday March 23 and the Challenge Wednesday March 24.

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