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Dominant Performance Earns Trio of Top Awards 

Young minds from John Curtin College of the Arts (JCCA) have taken the national stage by storm, emerging victorious at the Subs in Schools competition in Adelaide! These talented students, who were State Champions last year (Level 3 – Spatial Design), showcased their brilliance once again, bringing home an impressive haul of awards: 

  • National Champions 
  • Best 3D Virtual Model Award for their innovative design. 
  • Best Newcomer Award for their remarkable journey as Year 8 & 9 champions in 2023! 

Diving Deep into STEM 

So, what exactly is Subs in Schools? This exciting STEM program ignites a passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by challenging students to design and build underwater vehicles – Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) or submarines. 

A Recipe for Success 

The JCCA team’s triumph is a testament to the combined efforts of several key players: 

  • The dedicated student team: Their hard work, creativity, and perseverance are the driving force behind this incredible achievement. 
  • Brad, Walter, and the supportive JCCA staff: These educators provided invaluable guidance, fostering a nurturing environment where creativity could flourish. 

Beyond the Awards: An Inspiration for All 

The JCCA team’s story is more than just a collection of trophies. It’s a powerful testament to the transformative power of teamwork and a strong foundation in STEM education. Their journey serves as an inspiration to students everywhere, encouraging them to explore the exciting world of science and technology. 

What Fuelled the Fire? 

Year 9 student Lachie Wynne, a key member of the winning team, shared his motivation for participating:  

What made me decide to participate in the Subs in Schools program?  

“Well for me it was the heavy influence of defence. The nature of the Subs in Schools program being about defence and submarines instantly peaked my interest as I plan to get a job working with the Royal Australian Navy, so naturally when I saw the emblem of The Department of Defence and the RAN I instantly jumped at the opportunity.” 

Setting Sail for the Future 

The future looks bright for the JCCA Subs in Schools team. Recently, students received and celebrated the donation of an extravagant Submarine kit! This exciting development will allow one of the teams to work on a different category of the competition next year. The donation ceremony was a star-studded event, attended by representatives from the Navy, a national engineering company, and the WA State Government. 

In a further celebration of the team’s national win, the Commander of the Stirling Naval Base (Garden Island) hosted a special event with other dignitaries and sponsor Pressure Dynamics. 

This outpouring of support is a true testament to the JCCA team’s achievements and their potential to make even bigger waves in the future. 

Congratulations to the JCCA National Champions! 

Industry Guests:

  • Sponsors:
    • Davide Sirolli (Pressure Dynamics)
    • Rodney Brown & Carly Menzies (ALARP Solutions)
    • JCCA P&C Committee
  • Defence Representatives:
    • Captain Gary Lawton, Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling
    • Commander Adam Cooper
    • Midshipman Sonya Khizar
    • Shane Tuffin (Defence Science Centre)

A special thanks to our industry guests for their support!