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Yancoal Australia invests in our future with The Upper Hunter Science and Engineering Challenge (UHSEC).

The Science and Engineering Challenge was held over three exciting days at Muswellbrook Indoor Sports Centre thanks to Yancoal, The University of Newcastle and the local Rotary Club.

Hundreds of students were entertained and educated as they participated in the not-for-profit Science and Engineering Challenge program which is aimed at stimulating interest in STEM fields by exploring scientific concepts with practical problem solving.

The first day of the program saw teams from local high schools collaborate to solve real-world challenges such as building an earthquake resilient tower, linking efficient networks for high-speed rail and sending encrypted messages with light. 

The next two days was for the young guns, with primary school students working on activities such as building a bridge and designing a suspension system for a mars rover.

Scone Grammar was proclaimed the winner of the Challenge, but every school should be congratulated on their efforts.

The program was first launched in 2000 to deliver a unique and accessible program in every Australian State and Territory and in 2018 the program was nationally recognised when it won the BHERT award for Award for Outstanding Collaboration in Community Engagement. 

Thanks to Yancoal’s Mount Thorley Warkworth mine this worthy program has been offered to students in the Upper Hunter for many years and recently they committed to a further two years ensuring it will continue through to the end of 2021.


Mount Thorley Warkworth General Manager Jason McCallum said they recognised the positive impact the challenge has on local students. 

“We are proud to support a program that helps inspire students to consider a future career in science and engineering. It is initiatives like this that help educate and drive the next generation of leaders into our industry,” said Jason. 

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