Ellenbrook students shine at Scitech Brainstorm Challenge Days


Ellenbrook Secondary College Students Brodie Duncan and Jasmine Tang taking part in the engineering challenge. Picture: Daniel Grant
Ellenbrook Secondary College Students Brodie Duncan and Jasmine Tang taking part in the engineering challenge. Picture: Daniel Grant

STUDENTS from Ellenbrook Secondary College showed off their knowledge earlier this month at Scitech’s annual Brainstorm Challenge Days.

Primary and secondary students from 20 schools around the state attended the event, competing for prizes through a series of problem solving challenges in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths.

“It’s wonderful to see all the students get really excited to challenge themselves in new situations,” co-ordinator Tara Broadhurst said.

“As well as problem-solve through effective teamwork and come up with some really creative solutions to a question or problem.”

The two days were broken into unique challenges that covered different science topics, including coding, space and engineering.

Presenter Shelley Turnbull co-ordinated 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.

“It was wonderful to watch the groups work through this challenge and see so many of them really enjoying the experience.”

Ms Broadhurst said the Brainstorm Challenge Days received lots of positive feedback from students, parents and teachers.

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

“It’s also great at bringing together wider school communities, and all in the name of science!”

Scitech’s Brainstorm Challenge Day events run annually for gifted and talented primary and secondary students and PEAC groups across WA.