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Science and Engineering District Champions

    A group of 32 Saint Stephen’s College Science students were crowned overall champions at the recent renowned Newcastle University Science and Engineering Challenge.

    Head of Science, Mr Iain Taylor said the students, who worked in eight groups of four, were engaged in exciting activities that included designing a Mars Rover to navigate a bumpy replica of the planet’s surface.

    “Other activities included designing towers for structure stability in an earthquake simulation with the ability to hold weight, encoding messages and designing a bridge,” said Mr Taylor.

    “What the team lacked in experience - this being our first trip for a couple years - it made up for in enthusiasm, teamwork, persistence and resilience, a key quality for success due to the fact that many groups had to adapt their previous plans.” According to the presenter, Saint Stephen’s College consistently finished in the top three places.

    “This was a credit to the whole team. Their teamwork led to their victory; Saint Stephen’s College was crowned overall champions on the day,” said Mr Taylor.

    “I feel that these types of activities are excellent in skill building for the types of problem solving skills these students will need in an increasingly competitive job market, and it aligns well with the STEAM culture that is currently developing in the College.”

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