VSSEC / Engineers Australia Partnership

VSSEC Joins Engineers Australia, Victoria Division to Help Students "Discover Engineering"

What does an Engineer do?

Could you answer this question?

Discover Engineering: the Engineers in Schools Program, was  established by Engineers Australia, Victorian Division to answer this question. Students work with practicing engineers in their classroom and discover what a career in engineering can offer.

VSSEC and Engineers Australia, Victorian Division have joined forces to ensure students and teachers get the maximum benefit from this program. VSSEC will train the engineers in strategies for effective science teaching and embed the Discover Engineering program within its [intlink id="880" type="page"]Mission to Mars[/intlink], [intlink id="901" type="page"]Mission to the Orbiting Space Laboratory[/intlink] and Robotic Mission to Mars programs.

Engineering incorporates many disciplines and offers students a range of career paths. The Discover Engineering program helps students identify these career paths and helps science teachers articulate the difference between science and engineering. This joint program promotes the practical nature of engineering through hands-on learning.

Engineers who support this program and help to promote engineering as a career path can claim the training program as part of their Continuing Professional Development.

The first training session will be held on Tuesday 10th August at VSSEC.
Engineers from ALL disciplines are needed !

For more information, to register as a Discover Engineering volunteer, or to request an engineer to visit your school please contact Sandra Perrett, Engineers Australia Youth Programs Coordinator SPerrett@engineersaustralia.org.au

This program is one of many areas where VSSEC is collaborating with Engineers Australia. Engineers Australia have a range of initiatives that support students, teachers and industry and encourage collaboration between these groups, including:

Australian Engineering Week
Engineering Expo
Make it So campaign
School-Industry Partnerships forums

VSSEC was pleased to welcome Engineers Australia National President, Doug Hargreaves, during his national tour in May, along with Victoria Division Senior Deputy President, Nicholas Phillips and Victoria Division Executive Director, Glenda Graham. The group discussed the collaboration between VSSEC and Engineers Australia and how VSSEC's mission programs raise awareness of engineering with students and teachers.

During his tour Mr. Hargreaves also participated in a Systems Engineering Round Table discussion with representatives from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, universities and industry. VSSEC discussed how the concepts of systems engineering and concurrent design were being introduced to secondary students through its scenario-based programs.