Students have been busy putting their skills to the test in a series of challenges that involve the principles of science, technology, engineering and mathematics this week.
Hundreds of students from throughout the Illawarra are taking part in the annual Science and Engineering Challenge at the University of Wollongong.
The challenge is running from Tuesday to Thursday this week.
The Science and Engineering Challenge (SEC) is a nationwide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) outreach program hosted locally by UOW in partnership with communities, Rotary clubs, schools and sponsors.
The challenge aims to inspire students in year 10 to consider a future career in science and engineering.
St Mary Star of the Sea College science teacher Michelle Pandevski said nearly 30 of their students took part on Wednesday.
“Probably the main thing they get out of it is they’re able to apply their knowledge into real-life situations,” she said.
“They really get to problem solve and critically think, as opposed to… There’s only so much you can do within a school (environment)
“It’s also making them more aware that these subjects are actually interesting, entertaining and engaging for them.”