CENTRAL Victorian students put their skills to the test on Wednesday, when they competed in the Bendigo Science and Engineering Challenge.
The one-day competition pinned year 9 and 10 students against each other across eight activities.
Students applied creative thinking to scientific principals to complete the challenges, including building the lightest bridge to hold the heaviest load.
Bendigo South East College were the overall winners and will progress to the next round for a chance at the state title.
La Trobe University Bendigo Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering associate dean Katherine Legge said students enjoyed themselves. Dr Legge said the challenge inspired young people to consider a career in science or engineering.
“During the challenge they have had to draw upon their maths and science skills,” she said.
Girton Grammar year 10 student Sacha Mann said the challenge had forced her to think on her feet.
“It was really interesting and lots of fun,” she said.
“It has opened my eyes up to different careers. After school I am very interested in pursuing studies in either maths or science.”