Uni hosts science challenge

THE ingenuity of south-west secondary students will be put to the test on Tuesday at the Great South Coast 2014 Science and Engineering Challenge.

Students from at least six local schools will compete in science and engineering challenges that include designing and building water pipe networks and building a suspension system for a buggy to travel over undulating surfaces.

Deakin University’s Warr­nambool campus will host the challenge following the success of the inaugural event last year. Up to eight schools can participate and already six have confirmed, improving on last year’s tally.

The state final “superchallenge” for the competition will be held in August. 

Last year’s south-west winner was Brauer College.

The program aims to inspire young people to consider a career in the sciences, engineering or other technology-related areas. It is aimed mainly at year 10 students, but some schools include younger students.

Deakin’s Warrnambool community relations manager Geraldine Moloney said the challenge was a great opportunity for students to experience the wonders of science.

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