Ballarat Science and Engineering Challenge
The Challenge offers us the opportunity to bring together professional engineers and scientists, university students, teachers and large numbers of school students for a fun-filled day of challenging group-based problem-solving activities centred on the skills and thought processes used by scientists and engineers in their workplace.
Teams from eight schools compete at a regional level with the winning school advancing to the State Super Challenge and ultimately the National Grand Challenge.
The Science and Engineering Challenge is coordinated nationally by the University of Newcastle with the support of The Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE).
Federation University Australia, the Rotary Club of Wendouree and the Ballarat Branch of Engineers Australia are proud to offer schools of Ballarat and western regional Victoria the opportunity to participate in the Challenge.
Whilst the Challenge is a competition, the emphasis at the regional level is on inclusion and the enjoyment of team-work and experimentation. There are no "right" answers in the Challenge – we're only looking for solutions to the kinds of problems engineers and scientists might encounter in their daily working lives. Students will love this day.
The Challenge is open to Year 10 students. Our goal is to provide young regional Victorians, on the verge of making significant course and career choices, with an appreciation of the role of scientists and engineers in society and a positive encounter with the university environment. We hope that they are inspired to join us.