Students put to the challenge

More than 300 students from 13 schools across Central Queensland, including Emerald, Capella, Mackay and Coppabella, recently took part in the Moranbah Science and Engineering Challenge and Discovery Days to inspire them to consider a future career in STEM.

The Challenge Day is designed for students in Years 9 and 10 who compete in a number of hands-on activities, with a winning team announced at the end of the day. This year, students fought hard for points by designing bionic hands, building bridges, coding secret messages using lights and creating railway routes for coal trains.

Similarly, the Discovery Day allowed students in Years 4 and 5 the opportunity to participate in STEM-related activities and take part in a science show.

Stanmore Coal was pleased to host a stall and assist with guiding students through the various challenges.

BHP Superintendent Production A&I and event sponsor Phoebe Lindenberg said, “the Challenge and Discovery Days are about getting students out of their day-to-day schooling and doing something a bit different.”

“Although the event is run nationwide, it’s a fantastic opportunity to bring it to Central Queensland to allow students to experience all aspects of science and engineering,” Phoebe said.

Presented by the University of Newcastle, this the second year the program has been presented in Moranbah.