The University of Newcastle, Australia

TAS wins 2018 SEC National Final

Monday, 5 November 2018

Following a year of outreach events across Australia, the 2018 Science and Engineering Challenge (SEC) National Final was recently held in Humpty Doo (Northern Territory). Eight high schools gathered in the Top End to compete in a variety of STEM activities, with many schools making the most of their trip by visiting local Darwin attractions during their stay.

For the first time, the National Final was officially launched on the streets of Darwin with a community STEM event including a science show and minipult challenge, followed by a formal dinner at Parliament House.

The following day, the competition started out with anticipation as the 8 secret activities were announced including four activities which hadn't been seen in 2018...Babe, Future Power, Mission to Mars and World Sailing Spectacular. In true National Final form, activities were made more difficult with alternative equipment or rules changes.

By lunchtime, the weather outside had heated up to 34 degrees, and the competition was even hotter! After finishing runners-up for three consecutive years, students and teachers from Launceston Christian School couldn't contain their excitement when the results were announced. As 2018 champions, they were awarded with a trophy, gift bags and a special VIP Google visit to their school. Whitefriars College (VIC) finished runners-up followed by Darwin High School (NT). See full results.

The event was led by three SEC team members from the University of Newcastle, in partnership with Engineers Australia (Northern), the NT Government, Education NT, and Inspiring Australia.

Missed it? Watch the National Final recap video or check out photos from the event.