Science & Engineering Challenge

The Science and Engineering Challenge was established by the University of Newcastle in 2000 to help overcome the declining participation rate of secondary school students in physics, chemistry and advanced mathematics.

Our Club has been involved in staging the Regional Challenge, annually, since 2005.

The Challenge is designed, through fun and hands-on activities, to inspire young people about the opportunities available in science, technology and engineering.

In October 2009 The Rotary Club of Bendigo South and La Trobe University assisted the University of Newcastle with organisation of the national final in Bendigo. Local companies and organizations such as VicRoads, Thales Australia, Coliban Water, Ecowise, Veolia Water, City of Greater Bendigo, and Flowserve were also strong supporters of the event.

The tireless efforts of some 60 local and interstate volunteers were greatly appreciated in the staging of the Grand Challenge.

The State President and Executive Director of Engineers Australia also attended the event together with representatives from the Australian Constructers Association and presented trophies on both days.

The national event included a special dinner at the Bendigo Town Hall which was attended by the Mayor and featured a keynote address from Environmental Geographer and Science Communicator Rob Gell. Approximately 100 guests, including local and national sponsors, Rotary Club members and Regional Challenge representatives from Victoria, NSW, SA and Tasmania attended the Dinner.