Cool STEM students turn up the heat

21/3/2017

Marian Catholic College students from both Year 7 and Year 10 cleaned up in the University of Wollongong new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) competition with one group demonstrating how to cool a house in summer time.

The competition was designed to encourage students from all across NSW to consider pursuing a career in STEM-related fields and the Marian teams beat everyone.  

Marion’s Year 7 Science class, consisting of Cameron Du-Crest, Solanje Macedo, Luca Natale and Rachel Western made a video that examined the scientific principles of heat exchange and how these principles will influence the heat exchange in houses.  

The students were then required to build a model house to scale demonstrating how they would ensure the house stayed cool in summer and warm in winter.
 
The Year 10 group of Joshua Barko, Jenna Bonnici, Jacob Boulus, Osasere Eguiabor, Allanah Kenchington, Paolo Laxamana, Michael Parada and Prithwi Sohal highlighted the practical applications of the parabola in an engaging way.  

They wanted viewers of their educational video to gain an understanding and see real world applications.  

The team worked collaboratively in planning, researching, sourcing materials, trial and refining when problems were encountered.  

The group showed a great understanding in mathematics and physics and gained great insight into collaborative problem solving. They came to the realisation that the “key to success is adapting to a difficult situation and producing solutions”.
 
The Year 10 team were successful in winning the STEM category of the competition.

Marian Catholic College is extremely proud of the tenacity of these groups and their resilience in working together to solve a problem.

The groups are also grateful to the many staff that helped them along the way including Mr Phil Raymond and Mrs Jody McDonnell.
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