Shelley Wilson


Shelley graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2004, with bachelor degrees in Civil Engineering and Surveying. Shelley has worked for Snowy Hydro, Northrop Consulting Engineers and King & Campbell Pty Ltd (Port Macquarie) and was the first civil engineering undergraduate cadet at Cessnock City Council. For the past 6 years, Shelley has delivered educational study and support programs for preschool to year 12 students in Lake Macquarie. Having been involved with the Science and Engineering Challenge since the program commenced, Shelley now leads the SMART Science Communication Outreach Program within the Challenge team, delivering Challenge events, hands-on science shows, robotics workshops, and STEM professional development sessions for primary school teachers and early childhood educators.

Note: Shelley grew up in Cessnock and attended Cessnock East PS (K-6), Cessnock High School (7-10) and All Saints College, St Mary’s Campus (11-12).


Science and Engineering Challenge – Let’s Compete!

Target Audience – Relevant for teachers of Primary years 5-6, and Secondary years 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Experience the Science and Engineering Challenge!

In this hands-on workshop, participants will be grouped into teams to compete in 60-minute Challenge activity. In true Challenge style, teams will not know which activity they’ll be undertaking until the session begins… will it be Minipult, Grasping at Straws, Helter Skelter Shelter or the Leprechaun Cannon?

The workshop will conclude with a reflective Q&A session for participants to gain additional insight into Challenge Events (year 9-10 students), Discovery Days (year 5-6 students) and Build Me a Future Days (year 7-8 students).