Over 100 students participated in engineering and computing workshops as part of the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) held this month.
The NYSF exposes students to current research activities at ANU, provides them with the opportunity to meet staff, and encourages interest in and discussion about global issues.
This year the College ran a mixture of workshops including a: water filtration and biomedical engineering session with Engineers Without Borders; Robogals robotics workshop; lecture and activity in artificial intelligence; programming activity; and a demonstration of projects in the Computer Science Museum.
“Students really enjoyed the hands on activities and learning about the applications of engineering, but largely they were impressed that they were not only building a piece of technology, but that engineering can have such a great impact on someone’s health and life” said Jeremy Smith, Engineers Without Borders workshop coordinator.
The forum is held every January and is attended by over 400 year 12 students from across Australia, who are diverse in both culture and lifestyle, but come together with a similar passion and excellence in science and engineering.
“They are among the most creative and capable students in Australia, and it’s fantastic to welcome them to the College and give them greater insight into engineering and the pathways available to them”.
These students are interested in an education and career in science, engineering or technology and many go on to achieve excellence in organisations such as Google and NASA.
Other activities offered at ANU were in physics, astronomy and astrophysics, plant sciences, zoology, biomedical sciences, chemistry and earth sciences.
2013 marks the 30th Anniversary for the National Youth Science Forum and it will be celebrated with a reunion on Saturday 23 February in Canberra.
To find out more about the NYSF and the 30th Anniversary Reunion visit their website