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Deakin’s School of Engineering is a sponsor of Australian Engineering Week (AEW), happening nationally from Monday 6 August to Sunday 12 August. Coordinated by Engineers Australia, the week has the slogan 'if you can imagine it, engineers make it so’ and celebrates and promotes the work of engineers at a variety of events.
As part of its activities during the week, the School is hosting two events at Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, both designed to give secondary school students an insight into what a career in engineering can offer.
On Monday 6 August, the School, in collaboration with humanitarian relief personnel training agency Red R Australia, Engineers Australia and AKORN Educational Services, is hosting a 'Year 9 Engineering Students @ Work Humanitarian Conference Day’.
Year 9 students from schools across the Geelong region are participating in the day, including Belmont High School, Geelong Baptist College, Newcomb Secondary College, Geelong Lutheran College, Surf Coast Secondary and Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College. Students will come together in teams made up of participants from each school to work on a project brief developed by Red R incorporating a real-life humanitarian event. The aim is to help students gain an understanding of engineering and the various opportunities it offers. Deakin engineering staff and students and engineers from Geelong industry will work with the teams to develop strategies for addressing the various issues presented in the project scenario.
'Humanitarian Day is a wonderful opportunity for Deakin engineering students, staff and local industry to engage with high school students from the Geelong region and provide them with an opportunity to experience first-hand the diverse roles professional engineers may undertake, as well provide an insight into life as an university student,’ says Professor Guy Littlefair, Head of Deakin's School of Engineering.
The second event Deakin and the School is hosting is the Victorian Science and Engineering Superchallenge on Friday August 10.
The Science and Engineering Challenge is an outreach program designed to inspire Year 10 students to study science and engineering at a senior level. Deakin was again the host for the Geelong region Challenge in May this year. The Superchallenge will see the winning schools from the Victorian regional Challenges come to Deakin to vie for the title of Winning School, Victoria.
Competing at the Superchallenge will be students representing Bendigo South East Secondary College, Creek Street Christian College, Scotch College, Melbourne Girls College, Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School, Whitefriars College and, the Geelong regional winners, Belmont High School and Christian College Geelong.
As well as Deakin’s School of Engineering, proud sponsors of the event are Rotary 9784 and Barwon Water and it is supported by the University of Newcastle.
These two events should provide a great opportunity for participating secondary school students to discover the possibilities of a career in engineering and how, as an engineer, they can 'make it so'.