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Science teacher pens winning questionPosted in Archive on Monday, 7 August, 2017

A Mandurah Catholic College teacher has won an international challenge by scripting a question that will test the nation’s brightest science students.

Mrs Heather Brocklehurst, science teacher and assistant Head of Learning Area – Science, has been named the winner of the ASTA (Australian Science Teachers Association) and Education Perfect STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Teacher Challenge, with her submission titled ‘Creating a water purification device‘. Entries were received from teachers around Australia and New Zealand.

Entrants had to write a creative complex question and the top three were sent to a teacher panel around Australia for judging. The winning question will now be used in the ASTA and Education Perfect Student Challenge which runs from 31 July to 11 August; the students’ challenge is to create a device which can be used to create clean drinking water from a contaminated water source. They can enter individually or in groups.

Mrs Brocklehurst’s prize is a trip to STEM X in Canberra next January. The STEM X Academy is a 5-day residential teacher professional learning program and is run in partnership with ASTA, Questacon and CSIRO.

The College congratulates Mrs Brocklehurst on her exemplary achievement!