The Science and Engineering Challenge is a joint project run in partnership with the University of Newcastle and the Rotary Club of Tamworth First Light.The challenge exposes primary and secondary school students to the wonders of science and engineering through a series of problem solving activities with the aim to inspire students to consider a career in these areas.
Due to the success and interest shown by all schools in the region, the 2018 Science and Engineering Challenge was conducted over four days, from 20 March 2018 to 23 March 2018. As a result of this expansion around 69 volunteers were required.
Shenhua staff have been involved in the Challenge since 2014 providing much needed assistance to advise and guide students through the many varied and involved challenges, to judging the finished projects.
Shenhua Community Liaison Officer, Debbie Watson, said, “With a shortage of scientists and engineers in Australia it is very fulfilling for our staff to be able to assist the Science and Engineering Challenge and to perhaps encourage students to follow a career path that they might not have otherwise had the opportunity to experience.”
David Hinwood, Challenge Co-ordinator said, “On behalf of The Rotary Club of Tamworth First Light and the University of Newcastle I would like to give our sincere thanks to your ‘donation of time’ in the volunteering that you helped with during the Challenge. Without your assistance we would not have been able to achieve the wonderful student experiences and outcomes of nearly 1,000 individuals.”
Year 7 and 8 students at the Science and Engineering Challenge creating a minipault.