Across New South Wales and Canberra, Engineers Australia has worked hard to continue school immersions though 2020-21. The team quickly embraced Zoom to facilitate activities directly into classrooms and organised face to face opportunities where possible.
Between ‘Discover Engineering and Experience It!’, for students in years 7-10; and the Engineering Your Future and Future Now! Series, for students in years 7-12; Engineers Australia and its members have been able to engage 3800 plus students this year.
To continue this growth in 2022 there will be even more opportunities for members to get involved in the delivery of STEM programs and the inspiration of our aspiring engineers.
In 2021 ‘Discover Engineering and Experience it!’ Programs were run by Engineers Australia’s Engineering University teams, Engineers without Borders, Cool Aeronautics, and USYD’s Rocketry team. The facilitators were supported by active members of Women in Engineering, Young Engineers Australia, the Education Outreach Team, Mechanical and Biomedical Colleges, as well as graduates working in major Engineering companies.
Facilitating these full day workshops online, resulted in increased attendance from regional and remote schools across NSW.
In 2022, the key to maintaining and growing this level of engagement will be hybrid delivery. Members of the above groups and colleges, and importantly from our regional committees, are encouraged to provide engineers for the in-classroom sessions, to assist students and teachers tuned into the online facilitated sessions.
In Newcastle, the annual Girls Talk event, run by Engineers Australia members to inspire future generations, attracted around 80 students. Local female engineers are encouraged to get in touch with Vincent Guo, STEM Engagement Officer in Newcastle if they wish to be a part of the event in 2022.
Discover Engineering presentations will also be run in Newcastle throughout 2022 which feature panellists presenting on their lives as engineers, universities providing information on courses and students talking about their experiences. Members are encouraged to reach out to Vincent to get involved.
Engineers Australia can also announce the return of its Engineering Summer School in 2022. 50 Year 12 students from across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, will be taking a deep dive into the many career pathways within the engineering profession.
The 2022 draft calendar for this program is now available. Members and their associated companies can get involved by getting in touch with Caryn Morgan, Partnerships Manager NSW.
Caryn Morgan, Partnerships Manager NSW (for STEM program enquiries) on [email protected]
Vincent Guo, STEM Engagement Officer (for Newcastle enquiries) on [email protected]
Kiah Sheridan, Member Engagement Coordinator (for Canberra enquiries) on [email protected],au