MARYBOROUGH'S Aldridge State High School has won this year's Fraser Coast Science and Engineering Challenge for the third consecutive year.
The challenge was held yesterday at Hervey Bay PCYC where seven schools competed in several activities for the top gong.
Second place went to Riverside Christian College and Hervey Bay High School rounded out the podium.
Aldridge's head of science department Iain Carson said he was thrilled this year's students had continued the school's winning streak.
"Congratulations to all our students and thank you to everyone who participated," he said.
"This is the highest score any Aldridge team has ever achieved in this competition (1248 points)."
However, there was tension in the Hervey Bay PCYC hall as students waited to hear the winner's names announced - it seemed Aldridge might have been pipped at the post by Riverside Christian College.
A Riverside team drew a massive applause when its balsa-wood bridge survived the ultimate Bridge Buster Test - where a heavy object is rolled across.
Aldridge will be heading off to the Sunshine Coast to compete in the Queensland Super Challenge Series in August.
The state winner will then compete for the national title in Adelaide in October.