Aldridge State High School captains Danica Butler and William Connell accept the regional trophy from USQ Fraser Coast school liaison officer Carly Ryder (left) while the school's head of science department Iain Carson looks on.
Aldridge State High School captains Danica Butler and William Connell accept the regional trophy from USQ Fraser Coast school liaison officer Carly Ryder (left) while the school's head of science department Iain Carson looks on. Jocelyn Watts

Aldridge science students competing in statewide contest

ALDRIDGE State High School science students are testing their wits against peers in the Queensland Super Challenge Series in Townsville on Wednesday.

The Maryborough team clinched the regional title for this year's USQ Fraser Coast Science and Engineering Challenge in May.

Aldridge SHS head of science department Iain Carson said he and the students travelled to north Queensland by bus for the state challenge.

"We're competing on Wednesday, the first day of the three-day event," Mr Carson said.

"Students will solve scientific problems such as how to supply energy to a city and constructing an earthquake-proof building.

"They will also build a Mars rover and balsawood bridge as part of the statewide event."

Mr Carson said ASHS had won the regional title in three out of the past four years (2010, 2012 and 2013) and ranked near the top in each state championship that followed.

In May, more than 200 Fraser Coast students took part in a day of competition at the Hervey Bay PCYC, which was organised and run by USQ Fraser Coast in conjunction with the Combined Rotary Clubs of Hervey Bay and the University of Newcastle.

The challenge is recognised both in Australia and abroad as a means of raising the awareness of students regarding career opportunities in the sciences and engineering.

In 2003, the challenge was awarded The Sir William Hudson Award for Engineering Excellence and it has since been recognised by the International Institute of Physics based in London.

The Fraser Coast Science and Engineering Challenge regional winning team, Aldridge State High School, is  competing for the state title in Townsville.
The Fraser Coast Science and Engineering Challenge regional winning team, Aldridge State High School, is competing for the state title in Townsville. Jocelyn Watts


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