Tahlia Hart, Katie Cronin, Zoe Van-Staden and Chloe Riley from Tin Can Bay State School.
Tahlia Hart, Katie Cronin, Zoe Van-Staden and Chloe Riley from Tin Can Bay State School. Contributed

Engineering their skills for future

CREATIVITY was the name of the game for 130 local schoolchildren when they gathered for the University of the Sunshine Coast Gympie Science and Engineering Discovery Day for Year 5 students.

Students used a combination of engineering skill and creative thought to build bridges, mini-catapults, space vehicles and earthquake-proof towers at The Pavilion.

DISCOVERY: Keeley Spence and Xanthia Warney from Two Mile school.
DISCOVERY: Keeley Spence and Xanthia Warney from Two Mile school.

 

USC science and engineering outreach coordinator Marina Fitzpatrick said there had been great interest in the second annual Science and Engineering Discovery Day for Year 5 students following its popularity last year.

"We had great feedback from the first event at USC Gympie in 2013," she said.

"The students loved attending this competition at the university in their area and getting involved in exciting applications of science and engineering."

Activities included building small bridges out of balsa, pins, tape and paddle pop sticks. Points are awarded for strength and load-carrying capacity. The finale saw students test their bridges with weights in a little cart, to see how much the bridges hold before snapping.