Lake Joondalup Baptist College’s girl engineering team tackles the best


Teacher Sonja van Aswegen with students Eve Wakeb, Clare Brimelow, Holly Seitz, Ava Bushby, Zoey Ong and Bellise Driesen.  Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d474695
Teacher Sonja van Aswegen with students Eve Wakeb, Clare Brimelow, Holly Seitz, Ava Bushby, Zoey Ong and Bellise Driesen. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d474695

A TEAM of Joondalup students are competing in a national problem-solving challenge this weekend.

Six Year 9 students from Lake Joondalup Baptist College are travelling to Brisbane for the Opti-MINDS Creative Sustainability Challenge, after winning their division at the state final.

The all-girl group are competing in the science and engineering category, where they have to devise a “creative and futuristic” solution to a problem delivered in a dramatic performance.

Teacher Sonja van Aswegen said the school took part in the competition each year and it was the first time it had reached the national final.

“What I like about it is they get the opportunity to work independently, it really pushes their creativity and teamwork,” she said.

“What they do get out of it is they work together as a team and understand team dynamics.”

She said students improved their collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and community skills.

The girls expressed excitement about the trip and despite finding the competition a lot of fun, its importance was not lost on them.

Clare Brimelow said technology was moving so fast that they had to be “thinking out of the box”.

“We’re being taught to do jobs that don’t even exist yet,” Ava Bushby said.

“The competition is very different to the usual stuff at school.”

For Eve Wakeb, making it to nationals was the “cherry on top” and believed as well as being fun, it helped their teamwork and creative skills.

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