Sapphire Coast Science & Engineering Challenge

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The Science and Engineering Challenge is a national competition managed by the University of Newcastle. The Sapphire Coast Science and Engineering Challenge is the regional event coordinated by Bega Rotary and was held at the Sapphire Coast Turf Club, Kalaru on Friday 13 March 2020.

The 2020 event's major sponsor was Bega Cheese with additional sponsors being Bega Rotary, NSW Office of Chief Scientist & Engineers, Bendigo Community Bank and GHD. Donations in kind were received from Woolworths Bega and Sapphire Coast Turf Club.

The event is open to secondary schools (years 9 and 10) in the south east and Monaro regions. Over the past 4 years the schools that participated included Bega High, Eden Marine High, Lumen Christi Catholic College, South Coast Anglican College, Monaro High, St Patrick's Parish School Bombala High and Mallacooota P-12 College.

The champion schools over past 4 years were Lumen Christi partnering with St Patrick's in 2017, Bega High in 2018, Monaro High in 2019 and Lumen Christi partnering with St Patrick's in 2020.

Unfortunately with the uncertainty surrounding community events created by the coronavirus, an early decision has been made to cancel the 2021 event originally planned for March 2021. However, the University of Newcastle has developed a pack of 3 activities that will be made available to the schools so that students still receive the opportunity to experience hands-on science and engineering skills.

It is expected that the Regional event will resume in March 2022.

Do you want to know more about this fantastic program? Go to the University of Newcastle Challenge web site Uni of Newcastle science-and-engineering-challenge/about-us ( )

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