The Queensland Science and Engineering Super Challenge will take place at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) on 6 September. A selection of students from Toowoomba Grammar School and St Ursula’s College will participate.

The students will work in teams to create solutions to engineering problems, but with limited time and resources. The challenges will include tasks such as building earthquake proof towers and bridges with everyday household items. The household items will include paddle pop sticks, balsa, pins and tape. Additionally, students will partake in activities that involve tasks such as wiring.

The Queensland Science and Engineering Super Challenge aims to encourage high school students to consider careers in the scientific and engineering fields.

USQ’s vice-chancellor, Professor Janet Verbyla, expressed the university’s excitement at encouraging the next generation’s studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

“The competition provides an ideal opportunity for students to learn first-hand about the skills required to succeed in a career in STEM,” she said.

“It is a great way for students to put their creativity, innovation and teamwork skills into practice, and dispel some of the myths surrounding STEM.”

The challenge is supported by USQ, The Department of Transport and Main Roads, and Engineers Australia.  

The University of Newcastle will be presenting the challenge, inspiring what may be the next generation of scientists and engineers.

In addition to the Toowoomba schools, schools from across the state, such as The Cathedral School in Townsville, Brisbane’s Burpengary State Secondary College, James Nash State High School in Gympie, and many more will be competing.

The top-scoring school will go on to compete at the National Final held in Dubbo on 3 November.

More information about the challenge is available here.

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