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2018 Newcastle Science and Engineering ChallengeProgram ReportReport Prepared byBrian Atkins Regional Chair and Paul Griffiths Deputy Regional Chairon behalf of the Newcastle Challenge Coordinating CommitteeNew Space City CampusThe University of NewcastleScience and Engineering Challenge:2018 WinnersBHERT Awards forOutstanding Collaboration inCommunity EngagementNewcastle S&E Coordinating CommitteeSupported the ApplicationThe Newcastle Science and Engineering Challenge is supported byseventeen Rotary Clubs from the Greater Newcastle Area District 9670in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Cessnock, Lower Hunterand Port Stephens areas

THE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CHALLENGEThe Science and Engineering Challenge is designed to inspire year nineand ten students to consider future STEM careers by involving them ina series of fun and engaging science and engineering-based activitiesthat would not be available in a school classroom.These activities themselves involve a wide range STEM challengesincluding building model bridges, planning electrical supply grids andeven building functional catapults.NEWCASTLE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CHALLENGEThis community-based program commenced in Newcastle in 2001 and now in its 19th consecutive yearwith the continued strong partnership between The University of Newcastle’s Faculties of Science,Engineering and Built Environment, and Rotary International’s District 9670 Rotary Clubs as communitypartners from Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Cessnock, Lower Hunter and Port Stephens areas.ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 9670, 2018 REGIONAL CHALLENGESNewcastle Challenge : Western Plains Challenge Dubbo :Upper Hunter Challenge Muswellbrook : Outback Challenge CobarPlease note the winners of these Regional Challenges and other Regional Challenges from throughout NSWcompeted in the 2018 NSW State Final Super Challenge which was hosted, organised, coordinated andfunded by the 2018 Newcastle Science and Engineering Challenge Coordinating Committee.NEWCASTLE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CHALLENGE COORDINATING TEAM 2018 Newcastle Regional Chair for 2018 Newcastle Challenge Series, 2018 NSW Super Challenge Series andDiscovery Days 2018 Brian Atkins Past District Governor Rotary District 9670 (Rotary Club of Waratah) Deputy Newcastle Regional Chair Coordinating Committee for 2018, Newcastle Challenge Series the2018 NSW Super Challenge Series and Discovery Days 2018 Paul Griffiths (Rotary Club of Williamtown) The University of Newcastle, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment and Director of NationalChallenge Operations Dr Terry Burns The University of Newcastle Challenge Event Manager Michael Cassey The University of Newcastle, Past Head, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences ProfessorJohn O’Connor Engineers Australia and Rotary Representative, Earl Heckman (Rotary Club of Maitland) 2018 DiscoveryDays Coordinator for Maitland, Avondale, Newcastle, Cessnock and Port Stephens. Rotary Representative from Rotary Club Newcastle Enterprise Bob Aus and Newcastle ChallengeTreasurer Rotary Representative from Rotary Club of Newcastle Enterprise Keith Finnie and Newcastle ChallengeSecretary The Challenge Team Volunteer and Friend of the Rotary Club of Belmont Fiona Hilliar Rotary Representative from Rotary Club of Newcastle Enterprise Margaret McLachlan Rotary Representative from Rotary Club of Williamtown Graham Giddey Rotary Representatives Laurie McGrath Rotary Club of Wallsend-Maryland Rotary Representative Clarice Hamling from Rotary Club of Waratah Valley Homes Director and Community Representative Craig BaumannPage 2

2018 NEWCASTLE CHALLENGE SERIESVENUE AND DATESThe 2018 Newcastle Science and Engineering Challenge washeld for the sixth time at The Forum Sports and Aquatic Centreat The Newcastle University, University Drive, Callaghan NSWon Friday 27 July, Monday 30 July to Friday 3 August 2018.This venue again proved to be very successful with 60 highschools invited to participate.46 high schools competed over the six Challenge days with a totalnumber of 1,032 students.A total of 73 teachers, 9 guests, 179 event staff from theUniversity Challenge Team, Rotarians, partners and volunteers,with a total of 1,442 people attended these events.FULL DAY ACTIVITIES: Catapult, Gold Fever,HALF DAY ACTIVITIES: Stringways, ElectraCity, Grasping at Straws,Confounding Communications, Turbine and Helter Skelter ShelterPARTICIPATING SCHOOLSDAY 1: 27 July 2018: Newcastle Science and Engineering Challenge Hunter Valley Grammar School,Hunter Sports High, Hunter School of the Performing Arts, St Phillip’s Christian College Cessnock, KurriKurri High School, St Phillip’s Christian College Port Stephens, Maitland High SchoolDAY 2: 30 July 2018: Newcastle Science and Engineering Challenge Maitland Christian School, NewcastleGrammar School, Kotara High School, Callaghan College Wallsend Campus, Newcastle Waldorf School, StJoseph’s Campus Lochinvar, Maitland Grossmann High SchoolDAY 3: 31 July 2018: Newcastle Science and Engineering Challenge St Paul’s Catholic College Booragul,St. Mary’s Catholic College Gateshead, Cardiff High School, Dungog High School, Toronto High School,Tomaree High School, West Wallsend High School, Medowie Christian SchoolDAY 4: 1 August 2018: Newcastle Science and Engineering Challenge San Clemente High School, St PiusX High School, Rutherford Technology High School, Irrawang High School, Bishop Tyrell Anglican College,Wyong Christian Community School, St Phillip’s Christian College Waratah, Whitebridge High School,DAY 5: 2 August 2018: Dolleina Newcastle Science and Engineering Challenge Hunter Christian School,Warners Bay High School, Francis Greenway High School, Macquarie College, Avondale School, CallaghanCollege Waratah Campus, Merewether High School, Lambton High SchoolDAY 6: 3 August 2018: Newcastle Science and Engineering Challenge Morisset High School, LakesGrammar Anglican College, Newcastle High School, Charlton Christian College, Belmont Christian College,Mount View High School, All Saint’s College St Peter’s Campus Maitland, Belmont High SchoolTHE WINNERSCongratulations to the following winning high schools with the highest three schools progressing to the2018 NSW Science and Engineering Super Challenge (State Final).Day 1: Hunter School of the Performing Arts1149.76Day 2: St Joseph’s Campus Maitland1084.37Day 3: St Mary’s Catholic College Gateshead1395.49Day 4: St Pius X High School Adamstown1338.58Day 5: Merewether High School1259.97Day 6: ASC St Peter’s Campus Maitland1456.85Page 3

2018 NSW SUPER CHALLENGE (STATE FINAL) IN NEWCASTLEThe 2018 NSW Super Challenge (State Final) was held at TheForum Sports and Aquatic Centre at The NewcastleUniversity, Callaghan on Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29 andThursday 30 August. A special thanks to Chris Dale and thestaff of The Forum Sports and Aquatic Centre for hosting ourNewcastle Challenge program 2013-2018, our sixth year.A total of 24 winning high schools from throughout regionalNew South Wales qualified for the 2018 NSW SuperChallenge (State Final) in Newcastle. Competing high schoolteams did not know in advance which activity they were to attempt. The activities were drawn out byballot at the beginning of each Challenge day. A total of 61 teachers, 5 invited guests, 88 event staff fromthe University Challenge Team, Rotarians, partners and volunteers, with a total of 850 people attendingthis event. The schools engaged in the following activities with a total of 683 students selected to competein eight activities.FULL DAY ACTIVITIES: Catapult, Gold Fever,HALF DAY ACTIVITIES: Stringways, ElectraCity, Grasping at Straws. Confound Communications, Turbineand Helter Skelter ShelterPARTICIPATING SCHOOLSDAY 1: Keira High School, Albury High School, Henry LawsonHigh School, Santa Sabina College, Mackillop College, BowralHigh School, Macquarie Anglican Grammar School, Cobar HighSchoolDAY 2: Danthonia School, St Pius X High School, Gosford HighSchool, Bishop Druitt College, St Columba Anglican School,Coonabarabran High School, Camden Haven High School,Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Tumbi UmbiDAY 3: All Saints College St Peter’s College Maitland, St. Mary’s Catholic College, William Carey ChristianSchool, Shore School, Epping Boys High School, Thomas Reddall High School, St Patrick’s College, CarolineChisholm CollegeTHE WINNERSCongratulations to the following schools:Day 1:Keira High School1320.09Day 2:Danthonia School1229.97Day 3:All Saints College St Peter’s Campus Maitland1284.47Congratulation to Keira High School Wollongong on their invitation to compete in the Science andEngineering Challenge 2018 National Final in Humpty Doo DARWIN NT on 26 October.Page 4

NATIONAL FINAL HELD IN HUMPTY DOO (NT)The 2018 National Final of Science and Engineering Challengewas held in Humpty Doo, Darwin Northern Territory onFriday 26 October 2018.A total of eight high schools from all over Australia whichincluded the wild card entry from NT qualified for theNational Final. Competing high school teams did not know inadvance which activities they were to attempt. The activitiesand high schools were drawn by ballot at the beginning of theNational Challenge day.The schools engaged in the following eight activities for the National Final, with 247 students competing.FULL DAY ACTIVITIES: Gold Fever- The Bridge (A revised format for the first time in SEC history) WorldSailing Spectacular.HALF DAY ACTIVITIES: Mission to Mars, Flat Pack, Babe, Future Power, Helter Skelter Shelter andTurbine.FINAL RESULTS AND ONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS1.Launceston Christian School (Tasmania)1320.202.Whitefriars College (Victoria)1178.963.Darwin High School (Northern Territory)1140.824.St. Peter’s College (South Australia)920.385.Riverside Christian College (Queensland)821.136.Perth College (Western Australia)786.297.St. Phillip’s College (Northern Territory)764.558.Keira High School (New South Wales)626.90THE WINNING HIGH SCHOOL OF THE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CHALLENGE2018 NATIONAL FINAL REPRESENTING TASMANIALAUNCESTON CHRISTIAN SCHOOLPage 5

2018 SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CHALLENGE PROGRAM SPONSORSWe wish to acknowledge the sponsorship and continuing financial support of the following companiesand Rotary Clubs who make the Science and Engineering Challenge in Newcastle sustainable.Please Note: Unlike most other Regional Challenge program held across Australia, because of thisfantastic sponsorship no entry charges apply to our high schools for our Newcastle Challenge programand the NSW State Final (Super Challenge).Dollina Renton and Alexander Tickle, Dolleina Pty Ltd:Principal Partner, Naming Rights Event Sponsor of Day 5 Newcastle ChallengePort of Newcastle:Principal Partner, Naming Rights Event Sponsor of Day 3 Newcastle ChallengeLaing O’Rourke:Principal Partner, Naming Rights Event Sponsor of Day 6 Newcastle ChallengeMaitland City Council:Iron Level Activity Sponsor of Day 4 Newcastle Challenge and two Days at the NSW Super ChallengeGHD:Iron Level Activity Sponsor of Day 4 Newcastle Challenge and two days at the NSW Super ChallengeThales Australia:Iron Level Activity Sponsor of Day 4 Newcastle ChallengeOffice of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer:Principal Partner, Naming Rights Event Sponsor of Day 1 Newcastle Challenge and the NSW SuperChallenge.Australian Defence Force Recruiting:Principal Partner, Naming Rights Event Sponsor of Day 2 Newcastle Challenge and NSW Super ChallengeRotary Club of Rutherford-Telarah Inc:2018 Iron Level Event Sponsor Newcastle ChallengeRotary Club Williamtown Inc:Iron Level Event Sponsor Newcastle ChallengeRotary Club Morisset Inc:Iron Level Event Sponsor Newcastle ChallengeRotary Club Charlestown Inc:Iron Level Event Sponsor Newcastle ChallengeRotary Club Toronto Inc:Iron Level Event Sponsor Newcastle ChallengeRotary Club of East Maitland Inc:Iron Level Event Sponsor Newcastle ChallengeRotary Club of Raymond Terrace Inc:Iron Level Event Sponsor Newcastle ChallengePage 6

2018 DISCOVERY DAYS SPONSORSWe wish to acknowledge the sponsorship and continuing financial support of the following companieswho make the Discovery Days in Newcastle sustainable:Port Waratah Coal ServicesDaracon Group2018 SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING DISCOVERY DAYS PROGRAMS TEAMMaitland, Avondale, Newcastle, Port Stephens Cessnock and Discovery Days Newcastle Regional Chair PDG Brian Atkins (Waratah Rotary Club) Deputy Newcastle Regional Chair Paul Griffiths (Williamtown Rotary Club) Coordinator, Maitland, Avondale, Newcastle, Port Stephens and Cessnock Discovery Days EarlHeckman (Maitland Rotary Club) The University of Newcastle Director of National Challenge Operations Dr Terry Burns Challenge Event Manager Michael Cassey The University of Newcastle, Jessica Kearney (Maitland Discovery Days) The University of Newcastle, Chris Hendry (Avondale, Newcastle (St Therese’s PS and St Mary’sCatholic College Gateshead), Port Stephens and Cessnock Discovery Days) Committee Member and Treasurer Bob Aus (Newcastle Enterprise Rotary Club) Committee Member Margaret McLachlan (Newcastle Enterprise Rotary Club) Committee Member David Thomas (Williamtown Rotary Club) Committee Member Moira Sullivan (Schools Contact and Liaison) Committee Member Jennifer Wood (Retired School Teacher)2018 NEWCASTLE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CHALLENGE DISCOVERY DAYS PROGRAMGeneral Statement:This year we conducted 15 Discovery Days, with a total of 73 schools, 108team entries, and a total of 3,647 primary school students participating.Administration:Our thanks are extended to all our Committee for another outstanding year, and for their valuablesupport. Moira Sullivan and Jenny Wood supported by Chris Hendry and Helen Beckitt provided excellentliaison with the primary and high schools. Terry Burns’ Challenge Team did an excellent job throughoutthe 15 days of competition. Sincere thanks also to Brian and Jo Marsden for their valuable supportthroughout the program.Competition days:The feedback from the school teachers was extremely positive, the trophies were very well received, andthe Science show each day was a highlight. Generally, the participating high schools were excellent, andstudents appeared to enjoy the experience.Report presented by Earl Heckman - 10 November 2018On behalf of the 2018 Newcastle Science and Engineering Challenge Coordinating Committee, I wish toextend a special congratulation to the Discovery Days Program Coordinator Earl Heckman, Treasurer BobAus, the Committee members and the Challenge Team from University of Newcastle for presenting andrunning this highly successful program in 2018.Brian Atkins - Newcastle Regional ChairPage 7

Discover Days Program Dates and status for 2018:Maitland:Wednesday 8 August to Friday 10 AugustASC St Mary’s campus, Maitland16 schools / 23 school teams, a total of 595 studentsVenue was excellent, and staff was extremely helpful3 days of competition successfully completed, invited back next yearTeam Leader – Jessica KearneyAvondale:Monday 13 August and Tuesday 14 AugustAvondale School, Cooranbong2 days of competition successfully completed10 schools / 12 school teams, a total of 317 studentsVenue was excellent, and staff was extremely helpful2 days of competition successfully completed, invited back next yearTeam Leader – Chris HendryNewcastle:Tuesday 4 September to Friday 7 SeptemberSt Therese’s Primary School, New Lambton18 schools / 28 school teams, a total of 712 studentsVenue was excellent, and staff was extremely helpful3 days of competition successfully completed, invited back next yearTeam Leader – Chris HendryPort Stephens:Thursday 27 SeptemberTomaree High School, Salamander Bay6 schools / 9 school teams, a total of 246 studentsVenue was excellent, and staff was extremely helpful1 day of competition successfully completed, invited back next yearTeam Leader – Chris Hendry(special thanks to members of Nelson Bay Rotary Club)Newcastle:Tuesday 16 October to Thursday 18 OctoberSt Mary’s Catholic College, Gateshead14 schools / 21 school teams, a total of 549 studentsVenue was outstanding, and staff was extremely helpful3 days of competition successfully completed, invited back next yearTeam Leader –Chris Hendry(special thanks to members of Belmont Rotary Club)Cessnock:Tuesday 23 October and Wednesday 24 OctoberCessnock High School8 schools / 12 school teams, a total of 305 studentsVenue was excellent, and staff was extremely helpful3 days of competition successfully completed, invited back next yearTeam Leader – Chris HendryPage 8

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSOur 2018 Challenge year commenced with the Newcastle Challenge Dinner and Presentation Night. Weextend our grateful appreciation to President Christopher Baldwin and the members and partners of theRotary Club of Newcastle Enterprise for again hosting the Newcastle Challenge Dinner at Wests Mayfieldon 24 July. This was a fantastic evening of Rotary in Action when we, with the support of the ChallengeTeam from the University of Newcastle, presented our exciting 2018 Newcastle Challenge program andacknowledgement of our 2018 Challenge Sponsors.We thank our guest speaker Professor Darrell Evans, Deputy Vice-Chancellor(Academic) from UoN who presented the keynote address. Professor Evans joinedthe University of Newcastle in 2017 and is responsible for strategic and innovativeleadership to ensure the university delivers on its NeW Futures goals. Darrell isknown as an energetic leader with expertise in curriculum development,innovation and enterprise, technology enhancement, learning spaces, qualityassurance, and improvement and renewal agendas. He brought all these skills tohis presentation.As always, the table experiment “Turbulent Tower” presented by Chris Hendry provided great Rotaryfellowship and a huge challenge to all our guests. There were many representatives at the dinner fromthe University of Newcastle, Challenge sponsors, Rotary District 9670 and our local Rotary clubs.Also present, were representatives from our 2017 Newcastle Science and Engineering Challenge (StateFinal) winners, ASC St Peter’s Campus Maitland. The students were worthy winners of the Rotary Club ofWaratah’s Newcastle Science and Engineering Challenge Championship Trophy for the highest scoringhigh school competing at the 2017 Newcastle Challenge. The school was represented by their Head ofCampus Bernard Burgess, supervising science teachers Vicki Grogan and Ken Jordan. St Peter’s Campusalso received the Past Rotary District Governor Bob Stent’s District 9670 Memorial Trophy on behalf ofMargaret Stent, for the highest scoring high school from District 9670 competing at the 2017 NSW StateFinal, progressing to the 2017 National Final.As the Challenge’s community partner in Newcastle with the UON Challenge team, our committee’sorganisational structure was outstanding. We wish to acknowledge our Newcastle Challenge Team, Dr TerryBurns, Chris Hendry, Michael Cassey and UON staff, and our activity supervisors and assistants for theirgreat support throughout the entire Challenge program.I wish to personally thank all our sponsors and their representatives,District Governor Brian Coffey and Carol, District Governor ElectGraeme Hooper and Sue. To our supporting Rotarians and partnerfrom the Rotary Clubs of the Greater Newcastle area, thank you forhelping as activity coordinators and activity assistants. This greatlyreflects on the outstanding success of our 2018 Newcastle Challengeand Discovery Days programs. It is greatly appreciated.Newcastle remains the Epicentre of the National Challenge Program.As the Newcastle Regional Chair, I wish to extend to our Deputy Regional Chair Paul Griffiths, TreasurerBob Aus and the hardworking members of our fantastic Newcastle Science and Engineering Coordinatingand Discovery Days Teams my grateful appreciation for a fantastic 2018 Newcastle Challenge year.Page 9

A SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO DR TERRY BURNS ONHIS RETIREMENTIt has been a pleasure t

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