|On Friday the 28th of August, 22 Year 6 students from Gosnells attended the 4th Curtin University Southern River Mining Challenge at Southern River College.On the day 8 schools were in attendance with over 200 students assembled in Hard Hats and overalls. Our goal: to work as a team to assemble a simulated mining shaft following a unique set of plans and being led by our Southern River College Year 8/9 mentors.We were being judged on a point system by a team of Curtin University Mining and Engineering students and teachers who were looking for both accuracy in following the plans as well as our teamwork and keeping our environment clean.The weather provided some challenges as it rained heavily throughout the day, however by midday we had constructed our Mining shaft, correctly aligned, and placed all the requisite ventilation, lights and safety signs.
After this, we were all collected together to enjoy a subway lunch and then back out again to commence the second half of the day’s activities which were the races and clean up. With all hands on board we were the first team to race our Ore bricks through our Mining shaft and were second to finish separating and cleaning our ore ready for removal. In the last stage we were able to get our environment cleaned quickly and efficiently. We had not been given any indication as to our score by the end of the day, so when the 3rd and 2nd place were announced, we all held our breath and were thrilled to be announced as winners. We came back to school proudly holding our Trophy and receiving a cheque for $1000 for our school science program. We all had a great day, and all the students (and teachers) came back tired and happy!