Wagga High School’s Padraig Bevan will consider a future in engineering after spending a day designing a suspension system – out of rubber bands.
On Thursday, eight Riverina schools competed in the Science and Engineering Challenge, putting their textbook skills to the test with unique practical activities.
Mr Bevan said he studied engineering as an elective and has been struggling to decide on a future career.
“My favourite part is getting out of the classroom to put things together and actually seeing them work,” Mr Bevan said.
“It is pretty interesting to be be able to build things out of such simple materials, like the rubber bands.”
More than 250 students participated in the event, which aims to address a skills shortage in science and engineering.