VSSEC Trains Young Engineers for Engineers Australia's Discover Engineering Program
VSSEC and Engineers Australia have come together to provide passionate engineering mentors to work with students during their mission preparation.
The Discover Engineering: Engineers in Schools Program was established by Engineers Australia, to help students and teachers discover what a career in engineering can offer by bringing professional engineers together with students in the classroom. To ensure students and teachers get the maximum benefit from this program, VSSEC and Engineers Australia, have joined forces to combine passionate engineers and best practice in science education.
The first training session was held at VSSEC on the 10th August. The engineers were trained in strategies for effective science teaching and how to demonstrate the principles of engineering using the pre-mission activities from VSSEC's Mission to Mars, Mission to the Orbiting Space Laboratory, and Robotic Mission to Mars programs. As a reward for their hard work the group suited up and and explored the VSSEC Mars surface.
"VSSEC and Engineers Australia have provided me with a great launch pad to help educate the youth of Australia as to why they should join the engineering profession. The program is structured around going to Mars and reminded all of us how fun it can be to be an engineer. The basic principles of shock absorption, flight and manoeuvring on the surface of Mars were all taught to me in a very simple manner through hands-on experiments that I can confidently pass onto students to encourage them to choose a path in engineering. I hope that all students get the opportunity to “go to Mars” with VSSEC and Engineers Australia. Michael Iapichello
Engineers participating in this program can claim the training as part of their Continuing Professional Development. A second training session will be held on the 8th February, 2011 9:00am - 3:00pm. If you would like to participate in this training program and become a Discover Engineering volunteer please contact Sandra Perrett at Engineers Australia SPerrett@engineersaustralia.org.au
Request a FREE Engineer for your classroom
Would you like one of these talented young engineers to visit your school? We encourage you to book a FREE engineer when you book a VSSEC Mission to Mars, Mission to the Orbiting Space Laboratory or Robotic Mission to Mars program. The Discover Engineering Program is also available to schools without booking a VSSEC program.