Students from across Southern Queensland will put their minds to the test when they compete in the 2014 Darling Downs Science and Engineering Challenge next week.


More than 30 schools from Goondiwindi to Ipswich will take part in the four day competition (starting May 20) at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Toowoomba.

The challenge will see about 1000 Year 9 and 10 students test their skills in science, engineering and technology activities.

USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas said the annual challenge provides participants with an insight into the working world of science and engineering.

“Students are allocated one or two tasks for the day and are assessed on how well they complete the activity while competing against students from other schools,” she said.

“Tasks include wiring up a virtual city, constructing an earthquake-proof tower and building a small bridge from balsa, pins, tape and paddle pop sticks.”


Professor Jan Thomas said the activities were designed to show students the practical side of careers in science and engineering.

“This is a fun-filled event that encourages students to explore science for themselves,” she said.

Regional Chair of the Challenge Coordinating Committee Harry Spencer said each day will see eight schools compete against each other.

“The three highest scoring schools from throughout the challenge will go on to compete in the Super Challenge later in the year,” he said.

“Toowoomba’s St Joseph’s College won the regional title last year.”

The Challenge will get underway at 9.30 am and conclude at about 2.45pm with the testing of the bridges and daily winner announcement.

Schools currently registered to take part in the 2014 Darling Downs Science and Engineering Challenge include: The Glennie School; Toowoomba Grammar School; Millmerran State P-10 School; Ipswich Grammar School; Assumption College, Ipswich Girls Grammar; Harristown State High School; Downlands College; St Mary’s College – Ipswich; Crow’s Nest State School; St Saviour’s College; St Joseph’s College; Toowoomba SHS – Mt Lofty; Oakey State High School; Warwick State High School; Bremer State High School; St Mary’s College – Toowoomba; Goondiwindi State High School; St Edmund’s College; Toowoomba SHS – Wilsonton; Chinchilla State High School; Concordia Lutheran College; Fairholme College; Lockyer District High School; Toowoomba Christian College; Our Lady of the Southern Cross College; Darling Downs Christian School; Faith Lutheran College; Centenary Heights State High School; Laidley State High School; Christian Outreach College; and Miles State High School.

via USQ