The Power of Engineering

The Power of Engineering

The Power of Engineering

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A representation of Year 10 students from Design and Technology participated in a Queensland University of Technology (QUT)-sponsored adventure. The girls who attended had indicated a strong interest in pursuing studies in either engineering or architecture and no-one was left disappointed.
Titled the Power of Engineering, the focus was on introducing young women to the world of engineering, articulating the need for female engineers in Australia and the many success stories of existing female engineers.

The day began with a welcome presentation and an unexpected visit from a 2002 St Hilda’s Old Girl Zoe Shelly who is not only a working environmental engineer but also lectures in Engineering at QUT. She was excited to see the St Hilda’s School uniform and promised a future visit to our school to address senior Engineering Technology students.

The morning activity consisted of an engineering problem based on economics, cultural diversity and water purification. In small groups, a simulated water purification system had to be designed and implemented. Later, the St Hilda’s girls were joined by Clair, a working structural engineer specialising in bridge design and construction. Her enthusiasm for this career path was obvious as she listed the places within Australia and overseas where she has worked. A 20-minute bus trip to Indooroopilly delivered us to the Walter Taylor Bridge. The unique aspect of this site is that four bridges exist side by side, representing different eras of our technical development. The Albert Bridge, Indooroopilly Railway Bridge and the Jack Pesch Bridge gave the girls much to experience, discuss and get excited about. It is not often we can take the time to walk around, underneath and over large bridges with a bridge expert explaining all aspects.

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