Year 10 work experience program
The CVEN Year 10 work experience week was a great success. This year 60 students from 49 NSW high schools were accepted into the School’s Year 10 Work Experience Program, a doubling in numbers from previous years. Students came from all parts of Sydney and NSW, including Coffs Harbour, Cooma, Deniliquin, Gosford, Jindabyne, Newcastle, Wagga Wagga and Woolgoolga. This year 25% of the group were girls.
The five days were themed into the engineering disciplines of Water, wastewater and environment: Road, transport and underground engineering: Coastal and port infrastructure: Structures and design: Construction and project management.
Two buses per day rotated visits to different sites around Sydney, including site visits to Barangaroo, Malabar Sewerage treatment plant, Centennial Park filtration system, Circular Quay and the Opera House for a surveying exercise, Kurnell coastal works & desal tunnel, Leighton Intermodal Logistics Centre, Stanwell Tops/Seacliff Bridge, Sydney Airport, and the Water Research Lab in Manly Vale.
All students were back on campus each afternoon to write a one page report on the day’s activities. The best reports were recorded daily and the end of the week saw 10 diligent students receive $30 gift vouchers for outstanding effort.
On Friday, both groups were on campus for a full day and were involved in lectures including instruction on structures and design, before designing and making a bridge in groups of five. This year 3 bridges made it into the first round; alas in the second attempt only two bridges survived the test, and the 2 groups of 5 students were rewarded with $30 vouchers each for their conscientious hard work.
In doubling the student numbers and increasing site visits we required extra help from our academic staff and industry partners. Our thanks to Carolin Birk, Ron Cox, Steve Davis, Lauren Gardner, Bruce Harvey, Fiona Johnson, Phillip Latourakis (Arup) Claudio Quiroz (Evans & Peck), Craig Roberts, Adrian Russell, Kristen Splinter, Ian Turner and the staff at WRL, as well as our amazing student tutors Ali Amin, Richard Cornwell and Renard Siew.