Students from across the Darling Downs built everything from bridges to bionic hands at the Science and Engineering Challenge last week. More than 1000 high school students attended the University of Southern Queensland for the four-day competition, taking part in science, engineering and technology activities.

Centenary Heights State High School was crowned the week’s overall winners at the finale on 27 May. Year 10 student Milla Deignan-Ekelund, who hopes to one day pursue a career in science, said the event was both fun and informative. “I was nervous in the morning but it has been an amazing day,” she said. “The activities showed us the importance of trial and error as well as teamwork in finding solutions to problems.”

Participating schools included: Clifton SHS, Dalby SHS, Crow’s Nest State School, Toowoomba Christian College, Darling Downs Christian School, St Mary’s School (Goondiwindi), Warwick SHS, St John’s School (Roma), Harristown SHS, The Glennie School, Millmerran P-10 State School, Highlands Christian College, Assumption College (Warwick), Cunnamulla P-12 State School, Laidley SHS, St Ursula’s College, St Edmond’s College, St Mary’s College (Toowoomba), Chinchilla SHS, Toowoomba Anglican College, Fairholme College, Nanango SHS, Goondiwindi SHS, St Peter Claver College, Highfields State Secondary College, Pittsworth SHS, St Joseph’s College (Toowoomba), Mary Mackillop Catholic College, Oakey SHS, and Wilsonton SHS.

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