April 14th, 2014

LEAP students get real engineering industry experience at two day program

LEAP students get real engineering industry experience at two day program held at La Trobe University

9, 10 April 2014

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

Chemical engineering in the labStudents from 22 LEAP priority schools across Victoria participated in a range of activities covering different fields of engineering held at La Trobe University, Bundoora campus.

Over the two days Senior Year students had an opportunity to participate in activities designed to provide an experience in different fields of engineering including Mechatronic, Civil, Telecommunications, Aeronautical, Environmental and Software engineering. These workshops were run by representatives from La Trobe University, the University of Melbourne, Monash University as well as industry representatives from Golder Associates and Defence Force Recruiting.

Each day, students worked in Teams 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. Students worked with digital antenna construction, iPad App development, mechatronic robotic arms and programming, water extraction from contaminated sources, parachute design and development, and suspension bridge construction.

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: "I learned how to present an idea/project to a group", "[opportunity to] talk to the professionals", and "how to apply knowledge learned in class". Other students described learning "there is more to engineering than maths and science" and "how many different options there are. I generally think the day made me even more excited than before".

66% of the students expressed that participating in the event has increased their interest in a career in the Engineering profession. All 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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