Comet Bay College students wow judges at Subs in Schools state final


Lachlan Stephen, Mari Conradie, Aidan Blanchard and Connor Siekman.
Lachlan Stephen, Mari Conradie, Aidan Blanchard and Connor Siekman.

FOUR students from Comet Bay College have wowed the judges and placed second at the state final for the Subs in Schools Competition.

Team Alia Astra, consisting of students Mari Conradie , Lachlan Stephen , Connor Siekman and Aidan Blanchard, have secured the opportunity to represent WA in the Australian National Finals.

Students entering the challenge were required to work as a team to create a group image and market their product and ideas.

Teams were judged on their engineering skills, ability to create innovative ideas and problem solve, branding and marketing of their product, presentation skills and operation of the ROV in sea trials.

The competition provides school teams with the opportunity to learn engineering skills and collaborate with industry partners to design and build an original, fully operational underwater ROV.

The School Pathway Program has successfully supported student pathways to careers in Defence Industries since 2010.

This program is funded through a national partnership between the Department of Defence and WA Education Department and has supported the involvement of teams in Australia’s Subs In Schools Technology Challenge.

Team Alia Astra were also successful in winning the Innovation Award, Outstanding Industry Collaboration Award and Best Team Verbal Presentation Award.

The students are now focusing on improving their design for the National Finals.

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