Published on: 14 April 2016

At the end of Term 1, a group of Year 9 students participated in a STEM Challenge at Hale School. The aim of the challenge was to promote teamwork and creative thinking in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

 The boys were ‘blended’ with students from various schools, and worked on a simulation of a disaster response scenario. Using basic materials including paperclips, sticky tape, paper, plastic bags and styrene cups, the challenge was to deliver fresh eggs on a zip line to a group of people who had been stranded without food.

“It was an interesting experience, forcing us to think outside the box and work with people we’ve never met before, ultimately leading to a fun and interesting night,” commented Year 9 student Aidan Orangi.

Design and Technology Teacher, Mr Patrick Louden said the event encouraged creative and innovative thinking, skills that are highly valued in the world today.

“The room was buzzing with ideas and activity as the boys worked together to find solutions to the challenge.”

“The winning team devised a very creative mechanism that delivered two eggs in about six seconds while also triggering a visual indicator when the first egg had arrived. Jack Williams was a key member of this wining team and I congratulate Jack and the other students who attended for their enthusiastic participation in the event.”