SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CHALLENGE 2019

SCIENCE  AND  ENGINEERING  CHALLENGE  2019

When is it?                 May 13 and 14, 2019

Where is it?                St Edwards College Hall, Russell Drysdale St. East Gosford

What is it?                  A series of construction challenges set by the Uni of Newcastle   The object is to stimulate interest in STEM subjects in year 9 and 10 students.

Who is involved?       About 500 students from 16 high schools, the Uni of Newcastle and  every rotary club  which chooses to be involved.

Is it fun?                      It has been greatly enjoyed by students for the past 18 years.    Many have gone on to careers in science or engineering.  48% of enrolling physics students stated  that the S&E influenced that decision.   Its also fun for assisting Rotarians.

How much will it cost?          The 2 day event cost about $5000 in 2018.   2019 cost TBA.

How much would each club contribute?      This year only  $150 per club.      We achieved discounts and funding to reduce the rotary cost to only $1788

What if it is oversubscribed?            As we did 2 years ago Gosford Rotary will refund equally all contributing clubs.  We do not wish to profit from your involvement.

Are there winners?    Yes, the winning school on each day goes on to the state finals and hopefully then to the national final.    It is a national event which began here on the Central Coast. Now it is nation wide.   More than 20000 students participate each year.

How many Rotarians are required? A minimum of 18per day is necessary  but there is no upper limit.   Non Rotarians or potential Rotarians are good to invite.    WWC cert is not required as teachers do not relinquish control.

Does it attract publicity?   Yes, so bring your banners.   Federal and state polititians attend and.   Coast Community News will do an article.   ABC local radio has done an interview the last 2 years.  Lucy Wicks spoke about it in Federal Parliament.

What do I do next?

  1. Please discuss with your club your level of involvement
  2. Set aside the days. You may wish to cancel your weekly meeting.

Can I learn more?        Gosford Rotary  will host a briefing evening with the Uni of Newcsatle .

Who should I contact?  Barry Henwood; barryhen@bigpond.net.au       Ph 0429290517