After making their way through the regional and state heats, the group of 28 grade nine and ten students travelled by bus down to Newcastle for the ultimate battle of the brains against eight other schools from across the country.
After making their way through the regional and state heats, the group of 28 grade nine and ten students travelled by bus down to Newcastle for the ultimate battle of the brains against eight other schools from across the country. Matthew McInerney

Engineers in the making return home after national challenge

THE RIVERSIDE Christian College students who represented Queensland in last week's National Science and Engineering Challenge grand final have all come home feeling very proud of themselves.

After making their way through the regional and state heats, the group of 28 grade nine and ten students travelled by bus down to Newcastle for the ultimate battle of the brains against eight other schools from across the country.

Riverside teacher Debbie White stood anxiously on the side lines and watched her students solve maths and physics problems and build incredible structures to take out 6th place on the day.

She said she could not be more proud of the Riverside competitors, who may not have made it to the finals without the help of the community.

"If we didn't have sponsorship from businesses and council, we would have struggled to make the trip," Debbie said.

"We ended up raising just under $3000 which was absolutely outstanding."

Competitor Claire Hirayama-Kaarsberg, grade nine, said the challenge was something she never thought she'd get to do.

"It's fun to have a bit of competition with people you've never met or heard of and you had to really use your brain to think of ways to solve problems," Claire said.

"There was an activity where you had to provide electricity for a made-up town and a lot of things can go wrong- if there's not enough electricity for the whole town, it means you might have points deducted or you had to spend more money depending on how you supply the electricity."



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