Armidale High School students try engineering

Building better future: Armidale High School students test out engineering for a day last week, with volunteers from the Engineers Without Borders organisation, who are also students at the University of New South Wales.

Building better future: Armidale High School students test out engineering for a day last week, with volunteers from the Engineers Without Borders organisation, who are also students at the University of New South Wales.

Building their own floating houses and wind turbines, Armidale High School students became engineers for one day last week.

Creating change: Students from Armidale High School plan their creations under the guidance of university engineering students and volunteers.

Creating change: Students from Armidale High School plan their creations under the guidance of university engineering students and volunteers.

The challenges came from humanitarian organisation Engineers Without Borders.

The initiative endeavours to teach Australian children about how engineering can help improve sanitation and living conditions overseas.

University of New South Wales engineering students Guy Baumber and Nick Henry were pleased to see Armidale students so enthusiastic about the activities.

“[We’re] teaching them about how different cultures don’t have access to certain materials, how different countries build different houses,” Mr Henry said. 

“Just thinking about why other cultures do things differently to us.”

Along with overseas commitments and their research with UNSW and the University of Sydney, Engineers Without Borders will also visit schools in Inverell, Glen Innes and Tamworth and remote Indigenous communities in Australia.

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