The Science and Engineering Challenge is a joint project run by the University of Newcastle and Tamworth First Light Rotary with the aim of inspiring Primary and Secondary students to consider a career in Science and Engineering. The event is three days of hands-on challenges and problem solving activities such as constructing a hovercraft, providing efficient power to a simulated town or constructing various vehicles or flight machines.
The event now runs across Australia and in recent years gone International with a proven track record of encouraging students to pursue careers in Science and Engineering. With this in mind Shenhua once again donated their services with Joel Zhao, Project Engineer and Debbie Watson, Community Liaison Officer attending the day to supervise, advise, guide and judge the students through their challenges.
Eight teams of Year 9 and 10 students from local High Schools attended the day with Shenhua supervising the "Future Power" challenge where students had to become engineers at a power station and coordinate the delivery of power to 'Future City' whilst still making a profit for the company
Supporting this event runs parallel with Shenhua Watermark's recent and future school based trainee programs.It promotes the study of science and engineering which are ongoing areas of skill needs as Shenhua Watermark progresses through the life of the Project and supports the decision to focus on local employment.
Nathan Burke, Challenge Co-ordinator, Corey Faulkner and Billy Parsons (Quirindi High School) and Joel Zhao, Shenhua's Project Engineer, supervising the Future Power Challenge.