- Encouraging primary school students to get interested and involved in STEM.
- Educating students on the different types of engineering challenges people are faced with.
Casey Boyd and Sneha Pandeya from the Arup Brisbane office recently had the opportunity to deliver an Engineers Without Borders appropriate technology workshop as part of the Wonders of Science Conference. The Wonder of Science Conference, which took place at Kimberly State School in Logan, is a program aimed to build knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
During the workshops, students were presented with a case study of Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia which is known to swell to 5 times its size during the wet season. The students were presented with three possible floating house designs and were given 10 to 15mins to discuss, select and build the most appropriate (scaled down) solution using materials including straws, cups, string and paper. Each of the design were tested to see which could hold the most weight (using marbles).
It was inspiring to see the students so engaged and excited to be part of the Wonder of Science Conference.
The sessions were aimed to encourage young primary school students to better understand the use of appropriate technology and sustainable development. It is hope that this workshop provided a platform for students to work in teams to solve real world issues using of appropriate technology and gain a better understanding of engineering design and construction process.