BUILD A BRIDGE…& GET OVER IT!… ® ENGINEERING CAMP 2017
Riverina Eastern Region Organisation of Councils (REROC) in partnership with career development organisation COMPACT Inc. and supported by IPWEA Australasia NSW, held the Build a Bridge… & Get Over It! Engineering Camp in Wagga Wagga for the 11th time, in August, 2017. This year, 24 students from Yr. 9 – 12 from Wagga Wagga, Gundagai, Tumbarumba, Tumut, West Wyalong, Harden, and Cootamundra participated.
Build a Bridge …& Get Over It! Engineering camp is unique to the Riverina region and has proven success when of the 250 students who have participated to 2016, up to 30% have later engaged in some form of Engineering, enrolling in tertiary study, gaining scholarships or entering cadetships, after attending the camp. This successful camp promotes Civil Engineering as a career of choice to students from across the Riverina and is unique in its approach with students experiencing all facets of Engineering principles, through practical learning activities.
Students from high schools in the REROC member council areas of: Bland, Coolamon, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Greater Hume, Junee, Lockhart, Snowy Valleys, Temora and Wagga Wagga are invited to enter the competitive application process to attend the camp. Twenty-four students are selected on merit and competency and invited to attend the 3-day camp. This is often a daunting and challenging experience for students, coming from a variety of regional and remote schools. We have regularly been advised of the need for more female Engineers and the challenges in attracting young women to the profession. This year saw four dynamic female students take part in the camp, each identifying a strong interest in the career.
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