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The Science and Engineering Challenge is a day-long competition designed to provide Year 10 high school students with a positive experience of science and engineering. The 2018 National Final took place on Friday 26 October 2018 at Taminmin College, Humpty Doo (NT).

On Thursday 25 October, 28 of Year 10 Enrichment students travelled to Darwin to represent Saints at the 2018 Science & Engineering Challenge National Final. For many of our boys, this was the first time they had travelled to Darwin.

Eight of the top schools, representing each state across Australia, battled it out in a range of exciting hands-on activities, that were kept secret until the morning of the event. The day started out with anticipation as the secret activities were announced and each team was randomly selected to complete an activity; Turbine, Babe, World Sailing, Future Power, Helter Skelter Shelter, Flat Pack Challenge, Mission to Mars and The Bridge.

After 5 activities, scores were announced and we were in first place by 82 points. At the next announcement we had moved to second place. In the end, after a hot afternoon of competition and a nail-biting bridge test session, less than 200 points separated first and third place. The Saints team finished the day in a credible fourth place. Launceston Christian School were the eventual winners amongst what was a very high standard of competition.

The trip certainly helped students strengthen their teamwork, collaboration, problem solving and creative & critical thinking skills, as well as getting to meet, compete against and interact with like-minded students around Australia.

The boys’ conduct throughout the trip was exceptional and they should be proud of their efforts in making it to the top tier of this National competition.

A massive thank you to Mr Nick Lamont and Mrs Sara Neville for their continued support, commitment and superb organisation, and also to the boys for making it such an enjoyable and unforgettable trip.

Carmen Bester
Coordinator of Students with Diverse Learning Needs