Engineering Business has sponsored Keira High School in Wollongong to compete in the National finals of the Science and Engineering Challenge (SEC).
The Year 10 Science class came first in the State challenge and will be attending the national finals in October 2018. The sponsorship assist in paying for the class and teachers to travel to Darwin.
‘We were impressed with the student’s persistence in this challenge and wanted to help and encourage them to achieve their goals,’ said Julie Mikhail, managing director of Engineering Business. ‘What is so exciting is that Keira High School has been competing in this challenge for the last 10 years and this year they made the finals.’
Michael Robson, retired teacher from Keira High School said ‘Thank you so much for your (Engineering Business) generous support of the Keira High team. Their success has come after a 10-year campaign and 8 state finals working hard to eventually get our teams up to the standard required to come out on top at state and qualify for a national final.’
Engineering Business knows the value of these types of programs and their importance in encouraging high school students in their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.
‘This program has had multiple benefits within our school with programmed STEM activities feeding back into science units of work and has given rise to annual collaborative STEM events that occur with Keira High’s feeder public schools.’ said Mr Robson.
SEC is a nationwide Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) outreach program focused on Year 10 science students competing against other high schools. SEC is presented by the University of Newcastle and allows students to experience aspects of science and engineering not available in their school environment.
The SEC final will be held at Taminmin College, Humpty Doo in the Northern Territory on Friday 26th October 2018.