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Science and Engineering Challenge Illawarra and South East Region

July 29 @ 9:00 am - July 31 @ 3:00 pm

The University of Wollongong and the Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer are proud to host the 2019 Illawarra and South East Region Science and Engineering Challenge.

The Science and Engineering Challenge is a nationwide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program.  It offers students in years 9 or year 10 a series of fun and competitive activities involving principles of science, technology, engineering and maths.

A competitive environment is created as representative school teams are pitted against each other and against the clock in a range of science and engineering tasks. The concept is to immediately engage students in the activity with a minimum of introduction and theory. Students will explore scientific principles for themselves rather than being guided to a predetermined answer. The Challenge is designed to inspire students to study science and engineering at a senior level.

The event is proudly supported by the following program partners: Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer, Defence Force Recruiting, University of Wollongong, University of Newcastle and the Wollongong Rotary Club.

2018 Winners

Congratulations to event winners St Patrick’s College Sutherland, Keira High School and Santa Sabina College.  These schools represented the region in the state finals in Newcastle. Well done to Keira High School who progressed through the state finals to compete in the National Finals held in Darwin.

Information for High Schools
WHERE WILL THE CHALLENGE BE HELD?

The Illawarra and South East Challenge is hosted by the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences. The Challenge will be held on the grounds of the University of Wollongong in the Sports Hub.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE AND HOW MANY PLACES ARE AVAILABLE?

The Competition is held on three days on Monday 29, Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 July 2019. Participating schools will engage in 8 fun activities over the course of one of these days only. School teams will need to arrive at the University of Wollongong by no later than 9.15am on their day of competition and the day is expected to conclude by 2.45pm. There are limited places available. On each day of competition a maximum of eight (8) teams are able to compete.

IS THERE AN ENTRY FEE?

Yes. From  2015, to keep the Science and Engineering Challenge national program running, schools are required to make a contribution to the cost of regional event days (no cost for State and National finals). The amount of $440 (inc GST) is payable once the school registration has been confirmed. Please see details on the Registration Form for payment options.
The Science and Engineering Challenge has developed a School Sponsorship Package to assist schools with funding.

HOW BIG DO OUR TEAMS HAVE TO BE?

Participating schools will need to select their respective teams of students from Year 10 (or year 9). Team sizes vary between 24-32 students per team. There are a total of 8 different activities arranged for each day. Each school will allocate 3 to 4 students to each activity. It is vital that participating schools inform the organisers of the names of all members of their team. This should be provided no later than 2 weeks before the Challenge event.

HOW AND WHAT DO WE WIN?

Points are scored and tallied throughout the day. Points are awarded based on the performance of the group in comparison to the other groups undertaking the same activity. Thus it is possible for teams to get equal points if they achieve the same outcome in an activity. In the event of a draw then a count back will determine the winning school based on which team scored the highest in the design and build projects. The Challenge will conclude by testing of one of the design and build projects – the grand finale – followed by a brief presentation. The winning school will be the school that has the highest points at the conclusion of the grand finale activity. Due to the expansion of the challenge only the highest-scoring winning schools from each zone will be able to attend the NSW Super Challenge and if successful may go on to the National Grand Challenge event.

WHAT ARE THIS YEARS ACTIVITIES

The activities for the Illawarra and South East Region Science and Engineering Challenge in 2019 are as follows:

  • Bridge
  • Stringways
  • Grasping at straws
  • Confounding communications
  • Return to Mars
  • Future power
  • Turbine
  • Helter skelter shelter
WHO IS COMPETING THIS YEAR?

  • Bomaderry High School
  • Carroll College
  • Cedars Christian College
  • Corpus Christi Catholic High School
  • Endeavour Sports High School
  • Holy Spirit College
  • Illawarra Christian School
  • Illawarra Sport High School
  • Kanahooka High School
  • Keira High School
  • Kiama High School
  • Nowra Anglican College
  • Shellharbour Anglican College
  • St John the Evangelist Catholic High School
  • St Joseph’s Catholic High School
  • St Mary Star of the Sea College
  • St Patricks College Sutherland
  • The Illawarra Grammar School
  • Warrawong High School
  • Woolooware High School
GETTING TO UOW

The Getting to UOW website includes extensive information on travelling to UOW, free shuttle services, parking and carpooling. Location and campus maps are also available to assist you with your journey.

LUNCH

Student’s will need to bring their own lunch. A sandwich lunch will be provided for teachers and helpers.

CONTACT US

For further information on the Illawarra and South East Region Science and Engineering Challenge please contact the EIS Events & Marketing Team eis-events@uow.edu.au  or phone 02-4221-5364.
For information on the Challenge in general visit the Challenge website 

RSVP:  Registration will open at 9.00am on 2 April and close 10 May or earlier if all available places have been filled.

Cost:  $440 per school

Register now: Send completed Registration Form  to eis-events@uow.edu.au

 

Details

Start:
July 29 @ 9:00 am
End:
July 31 @ 3:00 pm
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Website:
https://eis.uow.edu.au/future-students/challenge/index.html

Organiser

Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
Email:
eis-events@uow.edu.au
Website:
eis.uow.edu.au

Venue

URAC Sports Hub
University of Wollongong
Wollongong, 2500
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