ENGQUEST 2010 has launched
It’s that time again! The EngQuest program has launched for 2010.
This year’s theme is solar energy. Students will be able to explore this form of renewable energy and work in teams to build outdoor solar cookers which will allow them to fry an egg. EngQuest is Engineers Australia’s free primary school outreach program designed to get students excited about engineering, whilst also linking to the schools’ curriculum in maths, science and technology.
The 2010 EngQuest site contains new and exciting features, including a new flash animation student-entry point, games and quizzes, 3D photo galleries and the site is 100% compatible with interactive white boards used in classrooms. EngQuest, for the first time, is expanding to include middle schools - years 7 and 8.
In 2009 EngQuest had direct exposure to some 1,127 teachers as well as 11,440 primary school students from around Australia. This is the highest amount of students to be involved in the program. In 2010 we are striving for similar, if not better results.
Last year there were a record number of volunteer members contributing to the program with 147 volunteers registered. Members of Engineers Australia are able to volunteer to visit schools, help assess online submissions or answer questions on the ‘Ask an Engineer’ forum. Volunteers are asked to visit the EngQuest site to find out more on how they can help.
The EngQuest team are looking forward to the year ahead and going into schools with Engineers Australia members to interact with the students, helping them design and construct innovative engineering models.
In the long run, EngQuest aims to provide students with an insight into the dynamic profession of engineering, which will hopefully one day lead to them choosing a career in engineering - helping to lessen the serious skills shortage within Australia.
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