Perth College science and engineering stars set for national stage

Year 10 Perth College students Lisa Baker, Emma Barker and Gretel Smith. 22 students from Perth College are about to head to Darwin to compete at the national finals of the Science and Engineering challenge.Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d487818
Year 10 Perth College students Lisa Baker, Emma Barker and Gretel Smith. 22 students from Perth College are about to head to Darwin to compete at the national finals of the Science and Engineering challenge.Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d487818

TWENTY-TWO of Perth’s best science and engineering students are preparing to show their skills in Darwin.

The Year 10 students from Perth College will represent Western Australia in the national finals of the Science and Engineering Challenge on Friday, October 26.

The girls earned their position as state representatives after taking out champion school at the Perth district challenge in April.

Student Gretel Smith said her favourite thing about science and engineering was the way it made her think.

“We’ve been working hard, so it’s good to get results,” she said.

The girls have dedicated their Friday lunch breaks for the last month to practise a series of challenges and fine-tune their teamwork.

Students will not know what STEM activities will be included in the national final until the morning of the event.

Challenges for the Perth competition included building a model bridge to support a railcar, constructing a tower and testing it during a simulated earthquake and building a prosthetic hand.