Four brainy Taylors Lakes Secondary College students last night took out the Ultimate Challenge during the climax of Victoria University's three-day Science Experience.
The Year 9 students won their school $2000 for science infrastructure and a year's subscription to New Scientist magazine. Each of the winners will also have their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) science books paid for when they reach their senior schooling years.
The Science Experience, held at VU's Footscray Park campus, brought together more than 140 Year 9 students from 10 western region colleges to undertake a diverse range of hands-on science experiences. Each student undertook five scientific experiences over the three days as well as taking part in a number of side activities.
The Ultimate Challenge pitted a group of four students from each school against each other in a showdown of science knowledge, which included questions relating to their secondary curriculum.
Leon Li, Jai Bhamral, Andrew Spalato and Georgia Dow were judged winners of the competition after they triumphed over their nearest competing school.
"All students gave it their all. They were competing furiously for their schools and making sure that they did the best they possible could. There could be only one winner and Taylors Lakes triumphed in the end,'' VU Lecturer in Foundation Studies Nick Athanasiou said.
"Each experience during the three-day event was designed to engage students, to spike their interest and to provide them with a science palette that they may not have been exposed to in the past.''
Day two of the event also played host to a Science Spectacular family night that showcased the VU Professor Science Troupe performing an array of science demonstrations, including explosions and fire tricks.
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