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The Science and Engineering Challenge is a day-long competition designed to provide Year 10 students with a positive experience of science and engineering. A maximum of eight schools per day compete against each other at one venue, over 3 days.

On Thursday 2 August, our Year 10 Enrichment students represented Saints at the Science and Engineering Challenge 2018 at Gepps Cross.

The Science and Engineering Challenge (SEC) is a nationwide STEM outreach program presented by the University of Newcastle in partnership with Rotary Clubs, universities, sponsors and communities.

The SEC runs a range of programs but focuses on inspiring students in Year 10 to consider a future career in science and engineering by choosing to study the enabling sciences and mathematics in Years 11 and 12.

Students are awarded points for each activity and the school with the most cumulative points at the end of the day is declared the winner. The highest scoring winning schools from each region/zone will subsequently compete against each other for a place in the state and perhaps the national final.

There were a range of activities for our boys to complete in; Catapult, Stringways, ElectraCITY, Turbine, Confounding Communications, Grasping at Straws, Bridge and Helter Skelter Shelter. Boys worked in teams, collaborating and using their problem solving skills to provide solutions for each activity.

We are very proud to have come first place overall and look forward to competing in the South Australian State Final on 30 August at Titanium Arena.

Congratulations to the boys, your team building skills, communication and persistence was outstanding. Well done!

Mrs Carmen Bester and Mr Nick Bolton