Science and Engineering Challenge

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On Friday 8th May twenty Year 10 students, together with Mr Foreman, Mrs Cameron and Mrs Gow, attended the Science and Engineering Challenge at Deakin University in Geelong. This annual event is sponsored by the University of Newcastle, NSW and Rotary Australia together with the Federal Government. Students participated in a range of activities including:

  • The leprechaun cannon – Build compression cannon from plumbing pipe and fittings to knock over a paper leprechaun
  • Who gets the water? – Design a water reticulation system to meet certain criteria
  • The Dish – Decode a cryptic message from “outer space;
  • “Back to the Future” – Design and construct a turbine to propel a train carriage back and forth along railsnormal;
  • “Ecohabitat” – Design and build a model house that collects rainwater, stays cool, withstands wind and supports a helipad.
  • Hover Frenzy – Design and build a manoeuvrable hovercraft from a garbage bag, polystyrene tray, masking tape and balsa wood.
  • Gold Fever – Build a balsa wood bridge that can transport gold ingots across a bottomless ravine.

Students demonstrated persistence, team-work, creativity, resilience and good senses of humour during the day, despite the difficulty of the tasks. Of the nine schools attending (over 300 students), Hawkesdale came a respectable sixth, with some tough competition. The highlight of the day was the bridge ‘testing’, in which each of the balsa wood bridges that had been constructed was tested using weights – 100g, 200g, 300g, 400, 500g, 1kg and the ‘bridge buster’ – a 2kg weight!

Race Week at Hawkesdale

As usual it has been another very busy week at Hawkesdale P12 College – here is a sample of some of the learning activities taking place:

  • Our Year 7 students started a unit on Cells in science and used the compound light microscopes to observe plant tissue.
  • Prem, one of our year 10 students, cooked chicken parmagianas (with chips and salad or mashed potato and vegetables) for many of our hungry staff members. At $5.00 each, it was a cheap and delicious hot meal.
  • Year 10 students are travelling to Deakin University in Geelong on Friday, to attend the Rotary Science and Engineering Challenge. We have been sponsored by Rotary and Southern Rural Water, so there is no cost to students. This event aims to encourage students to consider a career in the science or engineering fields by offering a range of challenges to plan, create and construct bridges, boats, electricity networks and other activities.
  • Year 7 Science and Year 11 Biology students had the opportunity to dissect rats to observe the digestive, respiratory and reproductive sytems.
  • Year 9 students walked part of the Port Fairy to Koroit Rail Trail and will visit again to assist the Rail trail Committee with revegetation projects.
  • Mr Webb constructed a “Great Wall of China” from play-dough and sugar cubes fin preparation for his junior Chinese classes.
  • Our secondary athletes who qualified for the South West Zone competition attended Brauerander Park to compete in their events.