Morley SHS’s M-Tech girls win Subs in School State Competition


Jasmine Nguyen (Y7) and Uyen Nguyen (Y11) pictured with the prototype of a sleeping quarter of a submarine. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d476291
Jasmine Nguyen (Y7) and Uyen Nguyen (Y11) pictured with the prototype of a sleeping quarter of a submarine. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d476291

A GROUP of Morley Senior High School students became the first girls team to compete and win the Subs in School State Competition for their a sleeping quarter of a submarine last month.

The school’s M-Tech girls, which consisted of students from Years 7 to 11, was formed last term in a bid to promote awareness and encourage girls to continue their studies in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) area.

For 15 weeks, the girls met after school on Mondays for an hour to work on their prototype of a submarine’s sleeping compartment for the competition’s design category.

M-Tech girls member Uyen Nguyen said the group formed after finding out about the idea on the office’s daily noticeboard.

Fellow member Taylah Bonney said the group was inspired during an excursion to Fremantle Museum, where they learned the history of an old submarine.

Business and technologies teacher Liz Francis said the organisers of Subs in School were impressed by the group, which were the only team to tackle the design challenge.

“Instead of having a ladder, they incorporated a ladder into the drawers and they have got a little stand for the laptop, night light and little USBs – that is something we didn’t see in any of the submarines,” she said.

Ms Francis said the girls were working on several other projects including automated watering system for plants.