Kempsey High School: Discovering a future in science

More than 700 students from across the Mid North Coast will attend Kempsey High School over the next three days for the annual Science and Engineering Challenge.

The students will be faced with challenges that address the skills shortage in science and engineering in the hope of inspiring young people to study mathematics, physics and chemistry in senior high school.

“Hopefully it helps students pick the right subjects in year 11 and 12 if they want to pursue science or engineering studies at university,” team leader of the science and engineering challenge Chris Hendry said.

“Students are faced with different challenges which are split into two categories – design/build and critical thinking."

It is the 18th year the program has ran in association with Newcastle University and the regional chair of the local science challenge Richard O’Leary said it is necessary for the North Coast schools to take part.

“It helps them develop an understanding of where science and engineering can take you,” O’Leary said.

“The challenge helps them choose subjects which will benefit them when going for future employment.”

The hands-on activities involve principles of science, engineering and technology. 

Activities include building a hovercraft, wiring a virtual city, designing a suspension buggy and constructing a catapult.

The challenge is a cooperative venture between the University of Newcastle, Rotary Clubs, local communities and businesses.

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