Congratulations to our awesome OC who had a great day at the Mini EV Festival yesterday! A huge thank you to Steve (Blade & Fin’s dad) who helped us build and solder our carts throughout the term. Well done to team Lightning Llamas: Celeste, Raquel and Liana, whose cart placed 1st in the Pursuit Race and to team Eclipse: Eleanor, Amie, Eliza, Emma, Ember, whose cart placed 2nd in the Solar Sprint Race. We also brought home trophies for best team spirit and enthusiasm and 2 for engineering design and innovation. Well done, everyone! Click below to see our photos (and turn the sound up to 11!)
Today the OC attended the Science & Engineering Challenge at Kahibah Public School. We took part in a variety of team challenges including bridge building, making a bionic hand, creating a mini catapult, making an electricity network, building an earthquake stable tower and designing a water distribution system. We had a terrific day and were super excited to be announced as the winners at the end of the day. Well done, everyone! I’m so proud of you.
Today our Stage 3 girls had a special visit from engineering students from the University of Newcastle as part of the Robogals program. We had a great time learning about different types of engineering and programming robots to perform a variety of tasks. This fantastic opportunity is aimed at promoting female participation in engineering as currently only 10% of engineers are women. Go girls!
Thanks to the wonderful uni students who joined us today.
Today our Year 6 students took part in Engineering Australia’s Straw Tower competition.
The challenge involved designing and constructing a straw tower with a minimum height of 50cm, weighing less than 60 grams and strong enough to hold 2kg +.
It was a difficult challenge, but all 3 of our teams, the Strawlords, #quack and Awesome Strawsome completed their towers to the required specifications ready for judging and testing.
Well done to the teams who displayed innovative design skills, great team work and super effort!
Our new class began yesterday with students keen and enthusiastic to participate in their first collaborative engineering challenge – designing and building a newspaper dome. Students utilised maths, science and problem solving skills in order to complete the challenge which involved creating a structure to a specific and complex criteria.
Our photos below showcase the designing and making process as well as some of the exceptional talents of our new OC members. Well done everyone for a great start to the year!
Congratulations to our wonderful OC students who participated in the Newcastle University Science and Engineering Challenge Day at Kahibah Public school today. Students took part in a variety of challenging tasks including bridge building, mini catapult making and testing, electric circuit construction and building a working vehicle. Our clever students once again impressed us with their knowledge and talent and were the winning school of the competition. Well done OC!