March 29th, 2013

Curiosity Bot hits the road

March 2013

image of robot obstacle courseIn mid-March the LEAP into…Engineering team hit the road, heading to regional areas with the Curiosity Bot Road Show.

Over four days the team comprising staff and students from La Trobe University worked with 72 students at five LEAP priority schools in the Hume area, including Euroa Secondary College, Wodonga Middle Years College, Wodonga Senior Secondary College, Cobram Secondary College and McGuire College.

The Curiosity Bot also travelled to Ballarat where 23 students from Mt Clear College (pictured) participated.

Students from year levels 8 to 12 participated in the Curiosity Bot activity, navigating their robots through a series of challenges over a specially made course.

image of curiosity bot challenge courseMany students noted that teamwork was essential to success in the activity, and that they were surprised to learn about range of engineering professions that contribute to everyday life: ‘Engineers of different kinds need to work together to produce a high quality result.’

One student described developing a new approach to their plans for higher education: ‘Do some practical experience and find out if you are interested in what you want to do before doing a course.’

After the Hume activities, 89% of students expressed that they are hoping to go on to study at university, with 64% noting an increase in their interest of engineering as a profession.

 

LEAP into… Engineering activities aim to encourage students to consider a career in Engineering. View all Engineering Activities available to your school.
 

By: LEAP into...Engineering Team
Categories: Engineering

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