Scitech’s Brainstorm Challenge Days | Vasse and Geographe Primary School students take out first prize

Vasse Primary School student Skye Barr with Geographe Primary School students Pia Bell and Shannon Beven and the Department of Education WA’s Mark Terry.
Vasse Primary School student Skye Barr with Geographe Primary School students Pia Bell and Shannon Beven and the Department of Education WA’s Mark Terry.

Students from Vasse and Geographe Primary Schools teamed up to take out first prize at Scitech’s Brainstorm Challenge Days.

The competition put students from over 100 different schools and PEAC groups to the test in a series of engaging, fun and problem solving activities to test knowledge in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Scitech Brainstorm Challenge Day Coordinator Angie Mason said it was wonderful to see how passionate the students became in the challenges.

Ms Mason said it was also exciting to watch them take the challenges head on and work in teams to creatively solve problems .

The days were broken into unique challenges that covered different STEM topics including maths, astronomy, engineering and more.

The astronomy challenge proved most popular, as students were put to the test with a quiz on travelling to other stars faster than the speed of light.

The maths quest also proved popular, with students working together to save the world by decoding the DNA of a virus in order to determine the antivirus.

Ms Mason said the ever-growing popularity of Scitech’s Brainstorm Challenge Days came down to the event’s ability to showcase science in a challenging, engaging and hands-on way for gifted and talented WA students.

“The challenges give students a unique chance to think critically about how they can incorporate science into problem-solving, team work and their everyday lives, and possibly influence their subject choices and careers in the future,” she said.

“It’s also a great way to bring wider school communities together to connect – all in the name of STEM education!”

Scitech’s Brainstorm Challenge Day events run annually for gifted and talented primary and secondary students and PEAC groups across WA.