LaserTag sparks students' interest in Engineering
Over 40 students from 26 Victorian schools spent 3 hours LEAPing into the Engineering profession at La Trobe University, as part of the 5 day Spark Engineering Camp in the term break.
During the camp, students experienced university life, living in at a university residential college, and enjoying a range of planned activities on campus and throughout the City.
Working in pairs in the university's 1st year Engineering Laboratory, the students undertook a LaserTag workshop. LaserTag (also known as LaserForce, DarkZone, LaserSkirmish, etc.) is an infra-red based version of a laser game played all over the world. Getting hands-on, they spent 2 hours soldering their kits while learning about electronic components and how the infra-red device works.
Students commented on how exciting it was to assemble individual components, in such a short period of time, to create a device with so much functionality. It certainly sparked their interest in Electronic Engineering as a possible career path.
LEAP into...Engineering Project Coordinator and La Trobe University Lecturer, Eddie Custovic, gave the students an insight into Engineering and the profession's diverse career possibilities. Students also had a 'guided tour' of the LEAP website's informative resources, and they enjoyed some quality time interacting with LEAP into...Engineering's famous 'Curiosity bots'.
The Spark Engineering Camp is a not-for-profit, Youth Without Borders initiative that provides an opportunity for up to a hundred Y10-12 secondary school students to experience university life and see what engineering has to offer. LEAP and La Trobe University were pleased to be able to work with Spark for this Melbourne Camp.