Cerdon girls win WSU Science and Engineering challenge

16/8/2016

  The challenge saw students from local high schools working in groups of four across eight different science and engineering challenges.
The challenge saw students from local high schools working in groups of four across eight different science and engineering challenges.



On Tuesday 29 June 2016, 32 Year 9 and 10 students, from Cerdon College, Merrylands won the Western Sydney University Science and Engineering challenge.

The challenge saw students from local high schools working in groups of four across eight different science and engineering challenges. 

  The challenge saw students from local high schools working in groups of four across eight different science and engineering challenges.
The challenge saw students from local high schools working in groups of four across eight different science and engineering challenges.


The challenges involved fixed amounts of time and limited resources. Students from Cerdon built hover crafts, bionic hands, all-terrain rover, hydrofoils, circuits, bridges, tables and chairs and paper towers.

All projects built on the day had to withstand endurance and weight testing. 

The Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta Project Leader, Mathematics and Science K-12, Paul Stenning said the girls showed strong problem solving abilities and persistence when faced with new challenges. 

‘Their ability to collaborate as a team worked strongly in their favour,’ Paul said. ‘It was very impressive to see the persistence the girls demonstrated when faced with the challenges of improving their prototypes.’

‘It was clear that the girls demonstrated exceptionally strong problem solving abilities, which are necessary in the field of STEM,’ he said. ‘It was noted that some of the fellow male competitors didn’t particularly like being defeated by the girls but I think the girls’ win was a good example of how STEM isn’t a male dominated field.’

  The challenge saw students from local high schools working in groups of four across eight different science and engineering challenges.
The challenge saw students from local high schools working in groups of four across eight different science and engineering challenges.


‘Students have been dedicated and put in their own time to research and build prototypes and test them for the day of the challenge and this is a testament to their commitment to STEM,’ said Cerdon College Science teacher, Andrew Tham.

‘I found the experience incredibly empowering. I usually find that there is a certain stigma associated with males being better at STEM but our ability to accomplish these challenges disproved this for me. I really enjoyed this experience and it has helped me to organise my future goals,’ said Year 10 students, Amanda Awad.

‘STEM and the science and enrichment programs offer by Cerdon College are a great opportunity for us to further develop our understandings and experience of the sciences. Opportunities like these are extremely valuable for us as students as they open up pathways to university and STEM related careers,’ said Year 10 student, Gabriela Badrov. 

‘Participating in this challenge has really encouraged me to delve into the many options that IT and engineering can bring at university and beyond,’ said  Year 10 student, Jessica Li.

  The challenge saw students from local high schools working in groups of four across eight different science and engineering challenges.
The challenge saw students from local high schools working in groups of four across eight different science and engineering challenges.
Posted By Natasha Borg at 19/08/2016 2:18:23 PM
 
   
  
 

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