Igniting a passion for STEM education

A group of students gather around a robotic car. Image courtesy of T8 Photography
Friday 9 February 2018

During the month of January, the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science hosted over 220 year 12 students from the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF).

NYSF is an annual Rotary-sponsored event that brings together students with a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to Canberra from around Australia. The students took part in a wide range of activities including site tours, lectures, workshops and social events.

Dedicated academics and students from the College ran a series of interactive workshops covering the areas of systems engineering, humanitarian engineering, human centred computing, Artificial Intelligence and robotics. They also provided an insight to what it is like to study at Australia’s National University.

Engineers Without Borders and Student Ambassador Samuel Palmer has presented at NYSF for three years and was impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the students.

“The workshops were very popular, with even the NYSF staff getting involved. Students really enjoyed the chance to take part in a hands-on activity and were really invested in their designs."

"Some students had selected an engineering stream for their activities, others attended as electives. This was a great opportunity to showcase engineering to a wider audience, with students interested in biology, chemistry and other sciences getting involved and experiencing Engineering."

"It was great to see even representation of male and female students interested to learn more about engineering" Sam said.

Amongst the students, the College also hosted 36 STEM teachers from around Australia for the National Science Teachers Summer School.  The teachers participated in the Floating Houses workshop learning how it could be adapted for their classroom and how to integrate similar activities into maths, science and geography curricula.

NYSF runs two consecutive programs from 4 January through to 30 January at the Australian National University. For more information about the program visit, https://www.nysf.edu.au

*Image courtesy of T8 Photography

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