KING’S College students put their science knowledge to the test yesterday, winning a series of challenges that highlighted their design, construction, science and engineering skills.
Held at Deakin University, the Great South Coast Science and Engineering Challenge was contested by five schools from Warrnambool and Portland.
Deakin’s community relations manager Geraldine Moloney said the event was designed to inspire students to choose a career in the field.
Challenges students confronted included designing and building water pipe networks, a suspension system to allow a buggy to travel over a bumpy surface and building a model house, testing it for space, water catchment and wind strength properties.
The challenge also gave students the chance to see what Warrnambool’s Deakin University campus has to offer.
Deakin’s administration officer Janelle Pearce said the day was a valuable way of introducing students to the campus.
“I think there’s a lot of misconceptions they have of university, so to bring them on the campus so they can see the facilities that we have, (so they can see) that it’s not that big and scary,” Ms Pearce said.
She said the competition had potential to grow.
“If there were more interest from the schools in the (Warrnambool) region, we could certainly look at having two days,” she said.
King’s College will now earn a place in the state final in Warrnambool in August.