Alice Springs kick starts the Territory's first science and engineering challenge 


Charles Darwin University (CDU), in conjunction with Centralian Senior Secondary College (CSSC), will host the first stage of the Northern Territory’s inaugural Science and Engineering Challenge at the shared Alice Springs campus on Thursday, 16 August.

The challenge aims to inspire young people to consider a career in the sciences, engineering or other technology-related areas through innovative, challenging and creative projects.

Activities include the design and construction of a catapult, Mars buggy, propeller-driven train, load-bearing bridge, airship, pulley-driven boat and a hovercraft.

The challenge is a joint project conducted by the University of Newcastle and Engineers Australia and funded through the Federal Government.

Alice Springs High School, CSSC, St Philip’s College, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College and Tennant Creek High School are competing in the event.

The Casuarina campus will host schools from northern Australia on 23 and 24 August.

CSSC physics teacher and co-organiser of the event, Rod Diehl said the challenge represented an opportunity for local students to highlight their abilities to the community.

The winning school students will enter the South Australian competition with the eventual winners from that group entering national finals.

For more information, contact Rod Diehl at Centralian Senior Secondary College on 08 8959 5500.