A group of students from Kincumber Public School engineered their way to winning the Engineers Australia Straw Building Challenge on Thursday, May 22.
Two teams of four Year 4 students spent weeks exploring the physical forces of compression and gravity in an attempt to create a tower using only plastic drinking straws. The teams were nervous as they took their towers to final judging at the Imperial Centre in Gosford, and competition was tight amongst the 40 entries from schools across the Central Coast. Weeks of research and trial and error paid off as Kincumber’s tower held 8.1kg.
“After working so hard it was a wonderful opportunity for the students to test their structures and to see the other amazing designs,” said principal Trish Peters “The students were able to discuss their designs with professional engineers and receive valuable feedback. “It’s exciting to see how many potential future engineers we have on the Central Coast,” said Ms Peters.
Media release, 3 Jun 2014
Kincumber Public School