Power of Engineering at Deakin University - Year 9 Girls
Power of Engineering partnered with Deakin University to inspire 94 Year 9 and 10 high schools girls in Geelong!
It was the first time that Power of Engineering had delivered an event in regional Victoria. Nine schools in the region attended and were inspired by engineers from AEMO, Arup, Ausnet, Barwon Water, Ford and Telstra. Students learnt how to build their own robot, how to make water safe in developing countries, ensure power can reach regional homes and how electricity works with a tour of Deakin's High Voltage Lab.
After just one day at Deakin Waurn Ponds, our group of Year 9 girls were impressed with the variety of careers and opportunities that engineering courses at university could lead to. The Power of Engineering day was at an opportune time in itself, as these young women prepare to think about their future study pathways and careers. The collaborative tasks and engineering information sharing were thoroughly enjoyed by all. Highlights were programming robots, assembling a 3D prosthetic hand, creating an electric motor, designing a bridge within certain constraints and purifying water. Visiting the High Voltage room and being blasted with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony from the tesla coils inside the faraday cage was also a special treat during the lunch break.
Please find below some of the reflections from the Year 9 girls:
“I found the experience at Deakin informative and eye opening as to what engineering actually is.”
“We were able to explore all the different aspects that engineering involves. It was so interesting and a really informative day that helped me to understand my future opportunities.”
“I found Deakin very informative as to how a course in engineering can open up pathways into other career options.”
“I enjoyed coding the robot’s movements so they could be connected to a wireless remote, and choosing what they did. Also, listening to some people’s experiences in engineering was interesting.”
“In society, engineering is normally seen as a male-dominated area. But being at the Power of Engineering day showed us that engineering is not just for males.”
“I enjoyed learning about how you can filter water. We were given cost, language and education restrictions depending on different countries. Our country, USA, made the cleanest water because we had the most money and we could read the instructions on how to make the water filter.”
“I had fun because I made the robot flip, which showed that I am not a natural gamer. I have found my engineering limits already! I learnt that engineering gives you a wide range of opportunities after university.”
“I liked thinking about how engineering can really change the world. For example, making prosthetic hands quickly and cheaply with a 3D printer.”