July 15th, 2013

Students get to work with real Engineers

Students from LEAP priority schools have interacted with real engineers at the second Engineering Link Project two day event.

4, 5 July 2013

Run in conjunction with The Engineering Link Group, this exciting two day event was a real hit amongst the students.

Chemical engineering in the labStudents from fourteen LEAP priority schools across Victoria participated in a range of activities covering different fields of engineering at Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn campus.

Over the two days Year 11 and 12 students had an opportunity to participate in activities designed to provide an experience in different fields of engineering including Electrical, Civil, Mechanical, Aeronautical and Environment engineering. These workshops were run by representatives from La Trobe University, the University of Melbourne, Monash University as well as industry.

Each day, students worked in groups to solve a problem in the different fields of engineering. As a team they were given time to plan, design, produce and construct solutions using fundamental principles of engineering. This was followed by testing of the group's final solution, and feedback on their solutions from real engineers. 

Student were given plenty of opportunity to ask questions about the engineering profession, with the aim of participants being able to walk away feeling informed about their future career options. 

Students working on engineering problems in a labStudents commented on developing their understanding of engineering careers, including: "the connection between practical activities and theory in engineering" and "the massive job scope of engineering in and after uni". Other students described learning about "determination and perseverance" and "to take on each challenge you are faced with".

81.8% of the students expressed that participating in the ELP has increased their interest in a career in the Engineering profession. 100% of students who attended increased or maintained their interest in going to university to study engineering related courses. 

Find out about upcoming events at Engineering Activities.

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

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