MARYBOROUGH’S Riverside Christian College has won the right to represent Queensland at the Australian Super Challenge in Newcastle later this year.
The team of Years 9 and 10 students clocked up a massive total of 1330.45 points at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Fraser Coast Science and Engineering Challenge held at the Hervey Bay PCYC in May. Fraser Coast Anglican College followed in second place with 816 points.
Challenge team leader Chris Hendry said because organisers had been unable to secure a committee to host the Queensland Super Challenge this year, the highest scoring winning team from all of the state’s regional events in 2015 would represent Queensland at the national titles.
“I am delighted to announce the winning school is Riverside Christian College of the Fraser Coast,” Mr Hendry said.
“Should Riverside Christian College decline the opportunity to attend the national final in Newcastle on October 30, the second placed winner – Chinchilla State High School from the Darling Downs on 1261.80 points – will be invited.
“I’d like to thank all schools that participated in our program this year.”
Riverside Christian College teacher Hans Schmidt said staff were “totally over the moon” after hearing the news of their win yesterday (July 7).
“It’s awesome! The students will be so excited. They’re on school holiday at the moment so they don’t know yet but the staff do and we’re all very excited.
“After winning the regional title in May we all felt we did a good job so there was a glimmer of hope but you just don’t know. All of Queensland was competing so no one really expected to win.
“Something quite extreme would have to happen for us to not go.
“We have seen an increase in student interest in physics and other engineering related subjects in Years 11 and 12 since our involvement with the challenge. It is a brilliantly organised event at all stages of the competition by both volunteer groups and sponsors.”
The annual Science and Engineering Challenge runs in every Australian state and territory. In 2014 more than 22,000 students participated nationally.
It is now a regular part of the school year and is highly valued by science and technology teachers.
University of Southern Queensland runs the challenge in conjunction with the University of Newcastle’s Faculty of Science and Information Technology, and Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment.
The Department of Industry (DOI) provides core funding for the challenge.
Photo: Riverside Christian College students arrive at the Hervey Bay PCYC for the regional USQ Fraser Coast Science and Engineering Challenge in May.