July 25th, 2014

Students put Engineering professions under the spotlight

More than 80 middle years students from the Hume and Campaspe regions attended this fabulous LEAP Into Engineering event at Seymour on Thursday July 24th.

Students from Seymour College, St Mary’s College Seymour, Yea HS and Rushworth P-12 College were totally absorbed in the activities delivered on the day.

Over three hours, they were immersed in four very different engineering activities:

  • The Curiosity Bot challenge in Electrical and Robotic Engineering
  • Crash Testing and Mechatronics
  • Biomedical Engineering with Biometric measurement of athletes
  • Creating Software Engineering solutions

The diversity of Engineering careers was well explained and the event demonstrators, many of whom were volunteers from the La Trobe University's Engineering Department, also shared their personal stories of their pathways into Engineering.

The event, hosted by Seymour College, clearly had a significant impact on many students, with their level of engagement reflected in the enthusiastic Q & A session afterwards. They got right down to the nuts and bolts of Engineering with one student’s question from the floor about what an Engineer could expect to earn. It was also obvious that students were now a lot clearer on the benefits of working hard at their English and Maths studies.

The La Trobe University LEAP into...Engineering team did a magnificent job engaging students' interest and working with the school teaching staff who attended. The comments and compliments directed to the team were all positive and the event clearly raised the aspirations of many students towards higher education pathways and a career in Engineering.

Students attending commented:
"...a lot more goes into engineering than I knew."
"I learned about software engineering, something I am very interested in but until today had no idea how it worked exactly. The people were great and very helpful." 
"You don’t need the big idea - you just need to try."

Teachers commented:
"Thank you for a great interactive program." 
"...very valuable and thankful for the opportunity." 

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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