Darwin Middle School triumphs in challenge clash
Darwin Middle School topped the field of contenders in the Territory heat of the Science and Engineering Challenge.
The event — which seeks to encourage young people into science and engineering careers — attracted competitors from Darwin High School, Darwin Middle School, Sanderson Middle School, Dripstone Middle School, The Essington School, Casuarina Senior College and Good Shepherd Lutheran College.
Casuarina Senior College scored second place in the 25 July struggle, and Darwin High School — the challenge host— was placed third.
The six-hour battle demanded the application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and tested the ingenuity, resilience and collaboration of the 224 participants.
The activities included the electricity, coding, Mars buggy build and bionic hand challenges, the string line challenge — simulating railway line planning — and bridge construction.
The bridge builders laboured to produce a span so superior to other designs that it would break only when crossed by a trolley with the largest increment of mass.
Picture: Darwin High School students prepare their bridge for the weight test.