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.