Science and Engineering Challenge 2017

The Science and Engineering Challenge is a national event organised by The University of Newcastle. Schools are invited to organise class-sized teams to participate in science and engineering based activities. The activities range from bridge building and catapults to earthquake-proof buildings and flat pack furniture. The challenge aims to test the students’ communication skills and creativity while channelling their inner designer.

The Challenge Day (17th May) is aimed at students in years 9 and 10, involving all schools in Geraldton and Dongara. The Discovery Day (18th May) is aimed at primary school students, with Binnu, Yuna, Mingenew, Chapman Valley getting involved as well as many schools in Geraldton. Students and teachers from all over got stuck into the activities and found the event a fun, exciting and inspiring experience.

This year, a number of Scinapse committee members volunteered at the event, putting their interest, enthusiasm and passion for science to good use. The Science and Engineering Challenge is an awesome opportunity to get students involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and encourage them to pursue future education and careers in STEM subjects.

Hear it straight from the students…

Q: What did you enjoy most about the Science and Engineering Event?

“Working with other schools and the friendly competition. It was a really fun experience, you should try it sometime,” said Nicole.

“Catching up with friends from primary school. How to work as a team with people you might not have worked with before. It was pretty good,” said Darcy.

“Working as a team was the best part. It was a good experience,” said Erin.

“When asked what did you enjoy most about the day… All students really enjoyed the catapult. It was a lot of fun and a great experience,” said Wade.

For more information, please contact Dallas Bruce (Geraldton Grammar School) via or the Scinapse Coordinator, Kirsty via

Leave a Comment