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2017 Northern Rivers Discovery Day

2014 Discovery Day winning School, Emmanuel Anglican College, Ballina
2014 Discovery Day - some participants from the winning School, Emmanuel Anglican College, Ballina

Monday 26 - Wednesday 28 June 2017
Whitebrook Theatre, Y Block
Lismore campus, Southern Cross University

2017 Discovery Day Teacher's guide PDF

Lismore campus map PDF

Activity Description
EarthquakeStudents construct a tall earthquake-proof tower using only basic materials, sound engineering principles, and ingenuity. At the end of the session the towers are put to the test on an earthquake simulator.
MinipultStudents are required to construct a mini-catapult from Dagwood Dog sticks, elastic bands and tape to launch a foam golf ball at a target from varying distances! Points are awarded for distance and accuracy.
Mars BuggyThis activity requires students to construct a vehicle from materials provided to transverse an undulating surface. Students use rubber bands for the suspension system.
ElectropolisThe aim of this half-day activity is to supply power to the infrastructure of Electroplis, using the most cost effective electricity produced by the power stations.
Build it! The aim of this half-day activity is to make profit. To make profit your team must build a chair that is strong enough to support family animals (and their antics!).
Get a GripThe aim of this half-day activity is to design and build artificial fingers and thumb for the bionic hand so that a number of tasks can be completed. These tasks include various movement tasks, and picking up objects of different sizes and weights.
Strong-alongThe aim of this half-day activity is to connect the towns and cities (bolts) in the most efficient network possible. The shorter the strong used, the more points your team earns.
Get Over ItBuild a small bridge from balsa, tape, paddle pop sticks, etc. Points are awarded for load-carrying capacity (tested with dynamic loads).

2016 Participating Schools

Monday 27th June
Emmanuel Anglican College
Southern Cross Community of Small Schools
Southern Cross School K-12
Lismore South Public School
St Carthage's Primary School
Bangalow Public School
Wyrallah Road Public School
Summerland Christian School

Tuesday 28th June
Evans River Community School
Bexhill Public School
Dunoon Public School
St Joseph's Primary School
Goonellabah Public School
Holy Family Primary School
Lennox Head Public School

Thank you to our 2016 supporters

Southern Cross University's School of Environment, Science and Engineering and the Rotary Club of Alstonville wish to thank all ongoing supporters.