Townsville Bulletin - - EDUCATION -


Beaches State High School stu­dents have a greater aware­ness of how sci­en­tists, engi­neers and busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als op­er­ate in the “real world”.

More than 60 stu­dents worked with Flight Lieu­tenant Bren­dan Weth­ery ( pic­tured) to de­velop para­chutes to al­low eggs to be safely ejected from planes.

Other stu­dents set up and man­aged small busi­nesses un­der the eye of Greg Les­lie, of Bat­tery World, an en­tre­pre­neur and busi­ness owner.

Stu­dents de­vel­op­ing para­chutes can­not use trial and er­ror. They rig­or­ously tested their ma­te­ri­als, cal­cu­lated the forces in­volved and pre­sented their de­signs to the en­gi­neer.

Only when he had ac­cepted them did the stu­dents be­gin the con­struc­tion. This faith­fully re­flects the de­sign- con­structe­val­u­ate re­al­ity in the en­gi­neer­ing world.

Stu­dents also man­ag­ing a busi­ness were pre­sented with a busi­ness op­por­tu­nity to de­velop from scratch. They de­signed their premises, con­sid­ered mar­ket­ing pro­grams, em­ployed staff and set prices. As game time passed they in­spected their ac­counts and cor­rected any poor de­ci­sions.

The day is man­aged by The En­gi­neer­ing Link Group is an in­de­pen­dent ed­u­ca­tional char­ity, set up and op­er­ated by sci­ence teach­ers.

It has been run­ning these types of cour­ses since 1994, firstly in Townsville and now over the whole east coast.

The prime ob­jec­tive of these cour­ses is to show se­nior sec­ondary stu­dents that physics and maths are im­por­tant sub­jects, and have a very im­por­tant place in so­ci­ety. The sec­ondary ob­jec­tive is to show stu­dents what is in­volved in the en­gi­neer­ing pro­fes­sion.

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