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2016 Northern Rivers Science and Engineering Challenge

Video - Casino Christian School, 2014 day 1 winners, test their bridge
at the 'Gold Fever' activity.

This event will be held from Wednesday 21 June - Friday 23 June 2017.

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Activity Description
BridgeStudents build a small bridge from balsa, pins, tape, paddle pop sticks etc. Points are awarded for strength and load-carrying capacity (tested with dynamic loads).
CatapultStudents build a catapult that can fire a tennis ball accurately over a long distance. At the end of the session, teams will be given a projectile and their catapults will be tested for distance and accuracy on the firing range.
ElectraCITYStudents must make a profit by providing electricity to as much of the city's infrastructire as possible at the lowest possible cost. Your team will have an ElectraCITY board, a batter and a few cables to start with.
Grasping at StrawsStudents are required to design, build and use a 'bionic hand' built fromPVC pipe, string, straws, and timber coffee stirrers. Each group willthen assess the effectiveness of their construction in several tests.
Helter Skelter Shelter Students 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.
Mission to Mars Students construct a vehicle from materials provided to transverse an undulating surface. Students will use rubber bands to provide the tension for the suspension system. Note: This is a wet weather activity.

2016 Participating Schools

Wednesday, 22 June

Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School
Woodenbong Central School
Casino Christian College
Mullumbimby High School
Tweed Valley Adventist College
St John's College Woodlawn
Lismore High School

Thursday, 23 June

Kadina High School
Byron Bay High School
Ballina High School
Wollumbin High School
Casino High School
Trinity Catholic College
Richmond River High School
Shearwater Steiner School

Friday, 24 June

Evans River K-12 School
Grafton High School
Alstonville High School
Tenterfield High School
Banora Point High
Southern Cross K-12
Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School
Summerland Christian 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 the ongoing supporters.

Platinum Sponsors

Sunshine Sugar

Gold Sponsors

Engineers Australia
Newton Denny Chapelle
Southern Cross Vice Chancellor's Office
Environmental Analysis Laboratory
SCU Engineering

Silver Sponsors

Summerland Credit Union
Northern Co-operative Meat Company
GEO-AM Consulting
Hammond & Associates

Bronze Sponsors

Richmond Waste
Ballina Shire Council
Spinaze Consulting
Lismore City Council
McKees Engineering
Peter Lucena & Associates
North Coast Tafe
Tweed Shire Council