Keira High School have proved unbeatable in this year’s Illawarra South East Region Science and Engineering Challenge taking out the number one spot and progressing to the State Super Challenge in August.

The Science and Engineering Challenge is a nationwide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) program. It offers students a series of fun activities involving principles of STEM in a competitive environment.

Teams of students from 16 local high schools competed in eight events including wiring a virtual city, data encryption, building catapults, making earthquake-proof towers, creating bionic hands, designing a Mars rover and building a bridge.

There was fierce competition over the two days, but Keira High School proved once again that they were the team to beat, winning day one of the competition with a score of 1385 points. St John the Evangelist High School placed second with 1279 points and Illawarra Christian School placed third with 1076 points.

The day was a huge success with students pushing themselves in all challenges.  Special mention goes to the bridge building team from Warrawong High School.  First-time entrants in the challenge, and with a team made up of very enthusiastic year 7 and 8 students, they managed a very respectable second place in the bridge.

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences wishes to thank all those involved in the Challenge, in particular, the University of Newcastle, the Rotary Club of Wollongong and UOW student volunteers.