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The Science and Engineering Challenge (SEC) is a nationwide STEM outreach program presented by the University of Newcastle in partnership with communities, Rotary clubs, universities and sponsors. It is a day-long competition designed to provide Year 10 students with a positive experience of science and engineering.

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.

On 24 June, 24 Year 9 boys represented Saints at the challenge at the National Wine Centre.

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 the national finals.

There were a range of activities for our boys to complete including flat pack, 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 third place overall an excellent achievement considering our Year 9 boys were competing against a high number of Year 10 students.

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

Carmen Bester
Coordinator of Students with Diverse Learning Needs