May 28, 2017

Top-class engineering efforts in school challenge

Top-class engineering efforts in school challenge Darling Downs Science and Engineering challenge overall winners St Ursula’s College.

St Ursula’s College has been named overall winner of the 2017 Darling Downs Science and Engineering Challenge at USQ Toowoomba at the end of a four-day competition ending on Friday.

St Ursula’s College Year 10 student Anna Persian said the victory was a team effort.

St Saviour’s College’s Paige Bazant, Abigail Reuter, Eliza Chappell and Ebonie Squires.

“This means so much to our team and school.” Miss Persian said.

“We are very proud to be going to the state final to represent the Darling Downs.

“It has given a new appreciation for science and engineering, and made me look at opportunities in the field.”

Students from more than 30 schools took part in activities such as building bridges, wiring cities, creating Mars rovers, constructing earthquake-proof towers and building a bionic hand.

Students were encouraged to explore scientific principles for themselves rather than being guided to a pre-determined answer.

The Challenge was presented by USQ and The University of Newcastle, with sponsorship from Nexus, Rotary Toowoomba East, Toowoomba Regional Council, Engineers Australia and Ashburner Francis Consulting Engineers.

USQ Springfield will host the Queensland State Final of the Science and Engineering Challenge on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, featuring winning teams from throughout the state.


Pittsworth State High School’s Jordan Cunningham and Angus Piltz.

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