Students Tackle Tests in Science and Design; Darling Downs Schools Compete in Battle of Minds

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COULD you build a house that withstands floods, fierce storms, droughts and the effects of global warming?

The schoolyard's finest scientific minds will attempt to create the ultimate Eco-Habitech home during the Regional Science and Engineering Challenge this week.

The annual competition, to be held at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) from today until Friday, will attract almost 1000 year 9 and 10 students from 31 schools across the Darling Downs.

Each day eight schools compete against each other in eight different activities and the team with the most points receives a trophy.

The three highest-scoring teams from the challenge will go on to compete in the Super Challenge against teams from northern New South Wales and Brisbane.

Challenge co-ordinator Mary McGilvray said the four-day event encouraged students to apply the principals of science, engineering and technology in a series of fun and educational activities.

"It's wonderful to see such a large number of students getting involved in the event this year," Ms McGilvray said. …