St Ursula’s College was named the day two winner of the 2017 Darling Downs Science and Engineering Challenge on Wednesday, 24 May. The team, whose success was announced at USQ Toowoomba’s Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre, won six of the day’s eight activities.

Over the four-day competition, students from more than 30 local schools participate in competitions such as building bridges, wiring cities, creating Mars rovers, constructing earthquake-proof towers and building a bionic hand.

St Ursula’s College Year 10 student Nina Gannon praised her fellow classmates for their achievement in the day’s events.“I’m really proud of how well we’ve done today, and how well we came together as a team,” she said.

The Science and Engineering Challenge is designed to encourage students to consider a future career in those fields by opting to study sciences and mathematics in their senior high school years.

Gannon says that while she remains unsure

of what she would like to do after school, activities such as this have helped her to consider options which she hadn’t previously considered.“Now, I’m considering doing engineering after I leave school because I really enjoyed today,” said Gannon.

The three highest scoring teams from the challenge will go on to compete in the Super Challenge against teams from northern New South Wales and Brisbane.

Read about last year’s Darling Downs Science and Engineering Challenge here.