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Willyama in science final

Saturday, 2nd May, 2015

Willyama High School’s Science and Engineering Team have won the regional Science Challenge. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Willyama High School’s Science and Engineering Team have won the regional Science Challenge. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

For the first time in four years a Willyama High School team has won through to the State final of the Science and Engineering Challenge.

The team secured its berth after a good showing at the regional final in Cobar where teams were put through a series of challenges, including bridge building, catapult building, developing earthquake safe structures, and electro-circuits.

“Our 26 worked so hard against the eight other schools in the Far West region,” Willyama teacher Maria Kelly said.

The team will now go on to the state finals which will be held in Newcastle in August.

The Science and Engineering Challenge is run by the University of Newcastle in partnership with Rotary clubs, other universities and sponsors.

Through the Challenge, students experience aspects of Science and Engineering which they would not usually see in their school environment.

It aims to inspire students in year 10 to consider a career in science and engineering by choosing to study sciences and mathematics in years 11 and 12.

Ms Kelly said the students were a mix from different years and classes.

“They were students who were interested in doing science,” she said. “We are chuffed to see them win.

“The group came second last year. We haven’t been to the state finals since 2011. It’s good to see we are there again.”

Ms Kelly said the students will likely raise money to fund the trip to Newcastle.

“They will also be busy practising,” she said.

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