CECS hosted over 100 students this month as part of the 2014 National Youth Science Forum (NYSF).
The students came from high schools across Australia to enjoy workshops, lectures, site tours and lab visits hosted by CECS and the Colleges of Science, Medicine and Health.
Five workshops were available for the students, including an Angry Birds programming workshop, a mechatronics workshop, and three engineering workshops ’Tubs and Pumps,’ ‘Water for Life’ and ‘Floating Houses’.
Our ‘Engineers without Borders’ coordinator, Jeremy Smith, enjoyed hosting the students and found that they embraced the challenge of building sustainable water filter systems.
“The students responded brilliantly to all the hands-on activities, not only coming up with some great designs but also asking some insightful questions on the theory and practice captured in the activities.”
“The NYSF students are always willing to try a new activity and always work well as the whole class or in small groups, with a healthy dose of competition at times.”
NYSF is a national not-for-profit organisation that runs events for year 12 high school students, who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The aim of the program is to help students by encouraging excellence, introducing them to the world of research and help develop their communication and interpersonal skills. Places in the program are highly competitive and in order to participate, the students must apply online before selection committees from Rotary clubs across Australia decide on who can participate in the program.
Visit the National Youth Science Forum website to find out more about the program.