After four days of building (and breaking) bridges, creating codes, and turning turbines, the 2018 Darling Downs Science and Engineering Challenge has come to an end.

Toowoomba’s St Mary’s College were the winners of Day Three, coming away with the overall prize and will go on to compete at the State Final Super Challenge. Students Tikiri Lamb and Jimmy Sullivan were on hand to raise the trophy on behalf of their classmates. “Everyone chipped in and performed as well as they could on the day. That came through and showed in the results,” Tikiri said.

Held at the University of Southern Queensland, the Science and Engineering Challenge is a national program that was initiated by the University of Newcastle. The competition allows students to engage in activities relating to STEM and encourage them to explore scientific principles for themselves. USQ Senior Coordinating Outreach and Engagement Officer and Challenge Regional Chair Erin Byles said it was another successful event made extra special with a visit from renewable energy company Acciona’s electric rally car. “This week has been about opening young people’s minds to the possibility of further study or even a career in the STEM field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” Ms Byles said.

The fourth and final day of the Darling Downs competition saw Fairholme College triumph over Highfields State Secondary College, Toowoomba Christian College, Downlands College, St Peter Claver College, Clifton State High School, Darling Downs Christian School, and Bremer State High School. Ms Byles said that the students “are all winners because each has developed their teamwork and problem solving skills by exploring scientific principles for themselves.”

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