Year 9 and 10 students from around the Central West made an excursion to Lithgow on Monday, July 31, to learn exactly what the field of engineering is.
The day of excursions and workshops were organised by not-for-profit group Power of Engineering, led by professional female engineers and aimed to show that engineering was a career within reach.
Felicity Furey, President and Co-Founder of Power of Engineering, said the Lithgow event aimed to show that engineering is a career within reach of female, Indigenous and regional students.
Students from Gulgong, Portland Central, Lithgow, Mudgee and Oberon high schools toured hubs of engineering ingenuity around town including EnergyAustralia’s Mt Piper power station, the Mines Rescue training facility and the Lithgow Valley Springs bottle factory.
“During these visits we find that the students are encouraged by the impact engineering offers and by the scale of potential work environments,” she said.
“Once students see how they can make a difference by building and creating the world around them, they absolutely love it.”
Apart from excursions, the students learnt about different fields in engineering through practical activities like learning to count in binary code and creating slime that tells the temperature.