Teamwork for the win: Students from St. Augustine work on the garbage challenge May 4 at Red Deer College. Photo submitted

St. Augustine wins silver and gold at 2019 APEGA Science Olympics

St. Augustine School brought three junior teams and one senior team to compete at the 2019 APEGA Science Olympics on May 4, at Red Deer College.

APEGA stands for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

Students in teams of three to five were given a series of problem-solving challenges that demonstrate the fun side of engineering and geoscience.

Students had to use their innovative ideas and teamwork to create solutions to the various challenges throughout the day. For example, one challenge was to design a way to capture garbage from a large area on the floor, without harming wildlife in between the team and the garbage pile.

Students were given a random selection of materials to build a garbage capture device and a time limit to build it.

Of the 16 teams that completed at APEGA from Central Alberta, St. Augustine took home both silver and gold. Students were awarded with medals and Indigo gift cards.

APEGA Science Olympics is prestigious event in terms of the quality and complexity of the challenges, and overall superb organization. St. Augustine will be entering again next year.

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What a haul: The silver-medal team from St. Augustine try out their garbage capturing device while avoiding “wildlife” May 4 at Red Deer College. Photo submitted

Silver: (Left to right) Marlon Hoffman, Geraldine Catalbas, Josiah Schumacher won silver medals May 4 at Red Deer College. Photo submitted

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