Cobar High wins Outback Science & Engineering Challenge

Four of Cobar High School’s team of 32 students competing in the Outback Science & Engineering Challenge last week, Macee Brown, Atamarie Haronga, Ethan McLeod and Deni Brown, pictured with one of the event’s supervisors, Ally Pearson from the CSA Mine. For this challenge, students were tasked to build a bionic hand that could demonstrate sign language.

Cobar High School last week won this year’s Outback Science & Engineering Challenge, which is part of a nationwide program presented by the University of Newcastle.
The university conducts the annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathe-matics) Challenge event in partnership with local communities, Rotary clubs and sponsors.
Through the Science & Engineering Chal-lenge, students experience aspects of science and engineering which they would not usually see in their school environment.
Cobar High had 32 students competing in this year’s challenge and they were pitted against students from five other schools in the region.
Students competed in various challenges throughout the day ranging from building a Mars rover to creating a turbine.
Going into the final event, the bridge build-ing challenge, Cobar High was in the lead, with Broken Hill High closely behind.
Broken Hill submitted their bridge which was able to support 750g.
The fantastic work from the Cobar High team, saw their bridge support 5kg which helped them to secure the Challenge win for Cobar High School.
Cobar scored 1,310 points overall and their win now places them in contention to be invit-ed to the state final, later in the year, in New-castle.
Cobar High School principal Shane Carter said the win was a fantastic result.
“That’s our first win ever!
“We’ve been trying to win it for years!”
Mr Carter praised the students for their par-ticipation and their positive attitude towards the event and his staff “for going above and beyond”.
“It looks like we have some future engineers in the making!” Mr Carter said.