The first week of December brought 100 school students starting YR12 to the 20th running of the Honeywell Engineering Summer School. The immersive week-long residential Engineering Program hosted students from around NSW and ACT with young future engineers attending from: Evans Head in the north; Mudgee & Cowra in the Central West; Wagga & Gundagai in the South West; and Merimbula on the far south coast.
The students are all studying Science and Mathematics at a high level and are preparing for university and course selection. The program aims to open their eyes to the opportunities a career in engineering can provide. The students visited and participated in workshops at USYD, UNSW, UTS, Macquarie & University of Wollongong. They also experienced engineering in action at RAAF Richmond; BlueScope Steel; Thales on Garden Island; Cochlear; and Transport for NSW’s Training Facility.
Ten student engineer House Leaders from USYD, UTS & UNSW mentored and inspired the students whilst assisting with the smooth running of the program. A careers and pizza night featuring 15 Young Engineers & Graduates from Industry helped to strengthen the appeal of a career in Engineering. A new innovation this year was the introduction of maths and physics tutoring sessions led by the student engineer house leaders. A Gala Dinner on the final evening rounded the week off with a sense of celebration and accomplishment!
Feedback from the school students is still being compiled but current stats show that 86.7% state that they will “absolutely” apply for an engineering degree. Only two students are still unsure with one student submitting an application to ADFA the week after attending the program.