Science and engineering skills supported

13 October 2016

Territory Generation was proud to support the Northern Territory’s entrant in this year’s National Science and Engineering Challenge.

A team of 27 students from OLSH Alice Springs travelled to Hobart on October 19 to fly the Territory flag against high schools from across Australia.

The challenge was introduced to encourage higher education in maths and science. OLSH won the Central Australian inter-school competition in April.

After a separate event in Darwin, OLSH finished with the highest number of points in the Territory.

The students were involved in various mind-bending activities such as creating a bionic hand, designing a city electrical grid, building an earthquake-proof tower and manufacturing an extra-terrestrial exploration vehicle.

This was all achieved with everyday items such as rubber bands, straws, string, tape and wood.

Territory Generation chief executive Tim Duignan said the government-owned business was delighted to assist the students and support staff with a contribution toward travel costs.

“Our business relies on science and engineering expertise to produce electricity safely, reliably and efficiently,” Mr Duignan said.

“There is a recognised shortage of skills in these fields and anything which encourages students to pursue science as a career deserves support.”

OLSH support

Dani Eveleigh from Territory Generation received a certificate of thanks from staff and students at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Alice Springs.

The school’s acting head of science, Jillian Neyland, thanked Territory Generation and all sponsors.

“It’s been great to champion science and maths at the school so these subjects are publicly celebrated as much as the performing arts and sports,” she said.

“The students have been working on thinking as a team, approaching simple tasks with logic and creativity.

“Some of these students will likely choose a university path and some will probably choose a vocation that requires science or engineering skills.”