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Inspiring Students with Science and Engineering

Science and engineering has been inspiring and entertaining over 200 students in Muswellbrook this week.

Being described as the discovery days, students are wiring virtual cities, designing suspension buggies and constructing catapult. 

Muswellbrook Rotary Club organiser, Phil Lawler, says both events are significant in the development of youth in the area. 

“We had Scone Grammar, Scone High, St Joseph’s High Aberdeen, Muswellbrook High and Singleton High all in attendance for the UHSEC, which was great,” Mr. Lawler added.

Mr. Lawler said the challenges are designed to give youngsters – in Year 10 and below – the opportunity to hone up their mathematic and scientific skills in a hands-on real-life experience.

“In designing and building a replica of an authentic piece of superstructure or mechanism used in everyday life, the results are based on taking into account the engineering principals of lighter weight, greater strength and least cost”, Mr. Lawler said.

He said the ultimate aim of this event is to encourage more students to prepare themselves for entry into science and engineering faculties at the tertiary level.

The success of the Upper Hunter Science and Engineering Challenge is profound, according to a University data, with 49 per cent of the participants being influenced to study physics, 28 per cent mathematics and 24 per cent chemistry.