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Posted on 17 November, 2018 in Events, Students, Teachers

Third in National Science & Engineering Challenge

Third in National Science & Engineering Challenge

On Friday 26 October the Darwin High School Year 10 C4E Science and Maths classes attended the National Finals of the Newcastle University Science and Engineering Challenge held at Taminmin College.

By teacher Zaiga Thomman

The Darwin High School team were invited as the local wildcard team after a stellar performance in the local Darwin competition.

The day consisted of students working on a number of challenges, including but not limited to, constructing a sail boat, building the strongest flat pack furniture, designing a Mars rover, and of course the renowned bridge building challenge.

At the end of the day, before the bridges were tested, our team found themselves in fourth position. The Darwin High team had a strong belief that the winning bridge tactic was to build a strong bridge with little regard to weight (a lower weight can bring a team more points). The bridge held up to four ingots worth of weight before collapsing spectacularly. With baited breath the team watched as more and more bridges collapsed waiting to see where they would be placed. 

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