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High-school students to converge on University for the love of STEM

The University of Southern Queensland is welcoming more than 1000 high-school students for the Darling Downs Science and Engineering Challenge

Over four days, Year 9 and 10 students will engage in a set of fun and competitive activities involving principles of science, engineering, and technology.

The challenge:
Provides students with a challenge and a selection of materials to complete the set task
Immediately engages students in activities with a minimum of introduction and theory
Allows students to explore scientific principles for themselves rather than being guided to a predetermined answer.

Each day, eight different schools will compete against each other. At the end of the four days, the team with the most points will receive a trophy and go on to compete at the State Final 'Super Challenge'.

Today, students will also have a special visitor - Boston Spot Mini Robot Dog, a four-legged walking robot that can traverse uneven terrains, climb stairs, avoid obstacles, and autonomously navigate. This new level of mobility opens up many opportunities for research projects at the University of Southern Queensland.



Darling Downs and Science Engineering Challenge

Students meet Spot the Robotic Dog


Monday, May 24 at 9am


University of Southern Queensland Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) Professor Josh Pienaar

High School Students


Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre, Baker Street, University of Southern Queensland

students working on project
Paul Valdez, Henry Borres, Thamu Soe and Jeremiah Diete from Millmerran State School P-10 (activity - Return to Mars)