Butler College students put brains together at Scitech


Above left: Lucy Ainley, Matei Hepcal and Brooke Attwood. Above right: Brandon Lunnon, Logan Brown and Stephen McGhee.        Pictures: Daniel Grant
Butler College students put brains together at Scitech
Above left: Lucy Ainley, Matei Hepcal and Brooke Attwood. Above right: Brandon Lunnon, Logan Brown and Stephen McGhee.        Pictures: Daniel Grant

BUTLER College students joined their peers from 20 schools at the annual Brainstorm Challenge at Scitech recently.

The two-day competition saw students tackle a series of problem-solving challenges in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Challenges covered different science topics, including coding, space and engineering.

“It’s wonderful to see all the students get really excited to challenge themselves in new situations, problem-solve through effective teamwork and come up with some really creative solutions to a question or problem,” co-ordinator Tara Broadhurst said.

“These challenges are so exciting for the students and give them a unique chance to learn science in a hands-on environment created especially for them.”

Scitech outreach presenter Shelley Turnbull co-ordinated what proved to be one of the most popular challenges of the day – the flight challenge.

“The students had to make a helium balloon neutrally buoyant so it didn’t sink or fly away, before navigating it through a series of obstacles,” she said.

Scitech runs Brainstorm Challenge events annually for gifted and talented primary and secondary students and Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) groups.