Students vie for Rotary trophy in Science and Engineering Challenge

Three hundred students from 11 primary schools tested their mettle when Dungog High School played host to the Science and Engineering Challenge Dungog Discovery Day.

The Discovery Day program is delivered by the University of Newcastle and supported by Mid Coast Science and Engineering Committee and the Rotary club of Dungog.

The schools involved in last Friday’s event were Dungog, Seaham, Glen William, Vacy, Stroud, Stroud Road, Clarence Town, Booral, Paterson and Gresford Public School Schools and  St Joseph’s Dungog.

John Walton, the Youth director Rotary Club of Dungog. and Chair of the Midcoast Science & Engineering committee, said the event had run in Dungog for five years.

“It’s been a great success with all students and teachers enjoying the day and finding out that science, maths, engineering and technology (STEM) can be a good learning experience and fun at the same time,” he said.

Mr Walton said this year was extra special for the club as it was the first year that the winning school twas awarded the Peter Doyle Memorial Shield.

“Peter was a member of the club and was not only a hard working and loyal supporter of the Science and Engineering Challenge but a great supporter of a great number of youth programs in the local and broader community,” he said.

“Dungog Rotary is proud to support and honour the many years that Peter devoted to youth in the community.”

Sue Wade from Dungog Public School said the day’s activities inspired students to think creatively in problem solving and to see science as an interesting subject.

Michael Kelly, Dungog High School’s STEM co-ordinator said the school was delighted to continue to host the event which was always a fantastic day for the children.

“These type of days are essential for not only engaging kids in science and engineering but showing them they can be successful in this field,” he said.