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Pathways to University Engineering

1 May 2015
Students get engineering for real Strengthening Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics pathways to University.

In January this year, a group of 19 students representing eight public schools participated in the four day, 2015 Curtin University Electrical Engineering Summer School (EESS).

In 2014, year 10 and year 11 students who demonstrated a genuine interest and ability in science, computing, engineering and mathematics at school were invited to apply for the Western Australian Department of Education’s School Pathways Program scholarships to attend the EESS. Many of these students were keen expand their knowledge of the scope and range of engineering pathways and had already taken advantage of the mechatronics, electronics and robotics opportunities offered at their school.

Schools represented include Applecross SHS, Comet Bay College, Denmark High School, Hamilton SHS, Rossmoyne SHS, Lockridge SHS, South Fremantle SHS and Willetton SHS.

The following student/s represented your school:

  • Applecross SHS:  Benjamin Hall, Jeyashivraj PB, Ben Belke, Adrian Shedley, Liam Turner
  • Ballajura Community College:  Leo Huynh
  • Comet Bay College:  Casey Slattery, Sheldon Gait, Breon Feran
  • Denmark SHS:  Ethan Brough
  • Hamilton SHS:  Blainy Tanyaradzwa Gwarada
  • Kiara College:  Braden Tilbee, Andrej Petrovic
  • South Fremantle SHS:  Alexander Meyjes, Indiana Gould, Akhona MacDermott
  • Willeton SHS:  Shrenik Jobanputra, Wallace Maillot, Natasha Magombedze

Over the four days, the students were actively engaged in a range of activities which demonstrated real world engineering applications, integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). These included on-site Curtin University activities involving radio astronomy, power and renewable energy, electronic and electrical engineering, virtual production engineering, computer programming and a simulated bomb disposal activity.

Throughout the summer school, students were mentored by undergraduate engineering students, graduate engineers and relevant industry representatives. Site visits to engineering companies provided the students with examples of applied engineering in an industry context.

One of the many highlights of the final day was an engaging presentation by Senior Systems Engineer, Matthew Shelley. Matthew described his educational pathway to employment, studies in mechatronics, the scope of his work at Raytheon Australia and the reliance on strong teamwork, problem solving and clear communication.

The year 11 and 12 students gave the summer school a ringing endorsement.

“Overall, the most valuable part of the experience was becoming familiar with the facilities of the Engineering division that most of us will go on to after High School.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed myself, met new people and would liked it to go on longer”

“This showed me what is involved in engineering and has increase my interest in electrical engineering”

“This EESS really did allow me to develop new skills, meet new friends and helped me with a choice of career”

“It gave me new and valuable experiences regarding science areas- if you have the opportunity to attend you should definitely take it”

“I enjoyed learning about the different aspects of engineering as I would like to apply biomechanics in medicine”

The Western Australian Department of Education’s School Pathways Program proudly supports the Curtin University EESS. The Program facilitates and supports students to actively engage in courses, integrated projects, further education, training and employment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Gail Manton, Program Manager School Pathways Program highlighted “the ongoing success of the Curtin University EESS initiative which provides high school students with an opportunity to integrate all aspects of STEM addressing real world applications.”

More Electrical Engineering Summer School January 2015 photos are available.

Pathways to University Engineering
http://det.wa.edu.au/curriculumsupport/schoolpathways/detcms/school-support-programs/school-pathways/events/pathways-to-university-engineering.en

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