WA public schools showcased their outstanding science skills at the 2017 SUBS in Schools National Finals last week.
Teams from South Fremantle Senior High School and Comet Bay College took out first and second places respectively when their STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills were put to the test.
South Fremantle Senior High School students Lee Rey, Bethany Findlay-Abel and Talia Mayfield are part of the school’s specialist marine science program and are now proud national champions.
Science teacher Nicholas Glorie said the students worked extremely hard and winning was a fantastic achievement.
“They were the only all-female team in the Large ROV (remote operated vehicle) division showing that girls in STEM and engineering are competitive in what traditionally is a male dominated industry,” he says.
The Year 10 students said they were inspired to join the competition to see what they were capable of.
“We learnt so much that we never realised were important life skills and as friends we’ve become a lot closer,” the trio said.
The competition involved students building a large scale ROV to perform specific tasks such as taking underwater video and navigating obstacles.
Teams were judged on their engineering skills, ability to create innovative ideas, branding and marketing of their products, presentation skills and operation of the ROV in sea trials.
As well as winning the overall championship, Lee, Bethany and Talia won eight other awards including outstanding industry collaboration.
After competing for second time, the runner-up national champions from Comet Bay College look forward to mentoring younger students next year.
A team from Pinjarra Senior High School was also a national finalist.
Subs in Schools is a Re-Engineering Australia initiative supported by the School Pathways Program, a partnership between the WA Department of Education and Australian Department of Defence.
The national finals were held at North Lake Senior Campus on 21 and 22 November.