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6 May, 2021

Science Challenge Champs

ATHERTON State High School were the winners when James Cook University brought the Science and Engineering Challenge to Cairns recently.

Bethany Bailey and Miah Cox from Atherton State High School receiving their award from JCU’s Orr Thomason.

More than 100 students from seven high schools competed in a range of activities, from building and testing bridges to designing biomechanical hands.

“The Challenge is a fun day with an emphasis on teamwork,” JCU’s Orr Thomason said.

“The aim is to inspire students to consider careers in science and engineering, and to choose subjects such as maths, physics and chemistry in Years 11 and 12.”

The students were allocated one or two challenges for the day and then assessed as to how well they completed the tasks, competing against teams from other schools.

The Challenge is part of a nationwide STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) outreach program and is administered by the University of Newcastle.

The Cairns Challenge, along with others to be held in Mackay, Rockhampton and Townsville, is supported by James Cook

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