University to host Territory's first science and engineering challenge 


Charles Darwin University will host the Northern Territory’s inaugural Science and Engineering Challenge on its Alice Springs and Casuarina campuses in August.

The Challenge will be held on August 16 in Alice Springs, followed by two days on the Casuarina campus on August 23 and 24.

The Science and Engineering Challenge is a creative and exciting competition for high schools in Darwin and Alice Springs and is a joint project conducted by the University of Newcastle and the local community.

It aims to inspire young people to consider a career in the sciences, engineering or other technology related areas.

Regional Chair of the Northern Territory Challenge Coordinating Committee, Dan Baschiera, said the committee was looking forward to the inaugural Challenge following the successful 2006 interstate Challenge.

This is the first year that the Northern Territory, with the support of Charles Darwin University and the Northern Division of Engineers, Australia has hosted the event.

It is also keenly supported by the local community and the Rotary Club of Darwin North. Letters of invitation to participate will be forwarded to all Darwin and Alice Springs high schools in the near future.

Mr Baschiera said that the Challenge represented a unique opportunity for young people in the community.

‘The hands-on competitive nature of the Challenge allows students to experience the creative side of science and engineering in a fun atmosphere.’

The Challenge is aimed mainly at year 10 students, but some schools will be able to include younger students.