Engineers Australia volunteers have recently promoted the engineering profession to students at a range of events throughout Melbourne including the Avalon Airshow, Grand Prix and the F1 in Schools challenge.
In addition to these major events, Engineers Australia have hosted school groups of up to 240 students at the Bourke Street office, hosted a two-day teacher workshop facilitated by Akorn, supported CMP Consulting Group’s “Gems in STEM” program and sent numerous engineers to attend careers fairs at schools.
F1 in Schools, hosted by the Re-engineering Foundation Australia, is the world’s most competitive STEM competition involving over 17,000 schools in 44 countries. Students design-make-race a miniature F1 car capable of 0-80 km/h in under one second.
Charity Mosienyane judged the Engineers Australia, Women in STEM award at the F1 in Schools competition, and was struck by the enthusiasm for increasing STEM skills.
"'The future is STEM' is just one of the statements I heard during the event", said Ms Mosienyane.
"I can honestly say that I walked away from the event inspired by the future of Women in STEM and wanting to do more to promote this wonderful program."
Benita Husband, Deputy President of the Engineers Australia Victoria Committee presented to a group of Secondary School teachers as part of the Akorn workshop, and felt that it was a valuable opportunity to demonstrate the range of skills required in an engineering career.
"I always enjoy mentoring the year 10 girls who participate in the Full STEAM ahead program - they’re giving up part of their school holidays which shows such a great work ethic", said Ms Husband.
"The skills they need to apply to design and build a prototype throughout the program include communicating, negotiating, responding to a brief, and testing with a target audience. It’s a great demonstration that engineering isn’t just about maths & science – there are lots of interpersonal skills that come into it too."
Engineers Australia also hosted exhibition booths at both Avalon and the Grand Prix in conjunction with the Office of Projects Victoria. Representatives from Young Engineers Australia Victoria (YEA-V) participated in the stands, providing a valuable opportunity for young engineers to meet new people and grow their networks – from students to senior engineers, said YEA-V Committee Member Abdul Khan.
"This was a great initiative from Engineers Australia, as we were able to share our stories with aspiring students", said Mr Khan.
"Having Engineers Australia Victoria General Manager Alesha Printz and Victoria’s Chief Engineer Collette Burke with us at the stand was also inspiring for all the volunteers".
Engineers Australia would like to thank all volunteers who have participated in these initiatives. Any members who would like to be advised of future opportunities in STEM outreach can now register their interest to participate in the Engineers Australia STEM Program.
Image: Benita Husband presenting to Secondary School teachers as part of the Akorn workshop