Finding engineers of the future
AURECON initiative to inspire kids goes full circle.
Wednesday 01 June 2016
More than a decade after first getting involved with the project himself at school - Aurecon Civil Designer Noel Volmerhouse is back helping facilitate the “Formula One” project with the current crop of year eight and nine students in Mackay.
Aurecon was recently nominated in the Connecting with Community category of the Resource Industry Network Chairman’s Awards in Mackay, for their ongoing efforts to inspire students through their annual “Bridge Building” and “Formula One” competitions.
As their names suggest, the programs invite children to build bridges and formula one cars, from a set list of materials. The bridges are then tested for strength and the cars for speed, in an interschool competition.
Marek Karcz Structural Engineer for Aurecon says it's amazing what the kids come up with.
“The whole gist is to expose kids to science, technology, engineering and maths, and hope that their interest is piqued, and they will get into these subjects and that sector,” he told Shift Miner.
“I am always amazed by what they come up with, they don’t have years and years of technical training like we do, and their imaginations are not limited, so they come up with some really outlandish, crazy things, but also some amazing things.
“The bridges mostly pick up on the structural form and efficiency of the ones they have seen, but others just let their imaginations run wild.”
Having come full circle on the project, Noel Volmerhouse says it definitely played a role in what career he chose.
“Maybe it wasn't the resource industry specifically,” he said.
“But it has inspired me to go down the path of Engineering and creating my own designs and putting my designs to work.
“So it definitely helped me progress through to the Engineering field.”
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