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Science and Engineering in the spotlight at USQ

2016 winners St Ursula’s College Team 1 - Haylee Dare, Olivia Nilan, Taleesha Marshall, Julia Bigg, Sarah Lindley and Kaitlyn Beattie-Zard.
The annual Science and Engineering Challenge kicks off in Toowoomba next week with more than 30 local schools participating in this year’s event.

The Challenge inspires students to work in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers by providing an experience that is very different to their school classrooms.

Year 10 students from across the Darling Downs will battle it out over four days by building bridges, wiring cities, creating Mars rovers, constructing earthquake-proof towers and building a bionic hand.

The Science and Engineering Challenge aims to encourage students in year 10 to consider a future career in science and engineering by choosing to study sciences and mathematics in years 11 and 12.

The Challenge is presented by USQ and The University of Newcastle, with sponsorship from Nexus, Rotary Toowoomba East, Toowoomba Regional Council, Engineers Australia and Ashburner Francis Consulting Engineers.

Also, USQ Springfield will host the Queensland State Final of the Science and Engineering Challenge on Wednesday September 6 2017, featuring winning teams from throughout the state.

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What: 2017 Science and Engineering Challenge
When: Tuesday May 23 – Friday May 26 2017
Where: Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre, USQ Toowoomba