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