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Engineering Open Day popular with students

20 July 2010

July engineering open day

Back to the lab: Andrew Thorrold of Melville High School, left, and Severin Mahoney-Marsh of Te Kuiti High School create beads in the Biochemical Engineering lab.

Almost 100 budding engineers spent a day at the University of Waikato recently, taking part in hands-on engineering activities.

Students travelled from as far afield as Whangarei and Turangi for the day that proved so popular spaces filled up long before the registration closing date.

Throughout the Engineering Open Day on July 16, students and their parents rotated through the five key areas of engineering - biochemical, electronic, materials and process, mechanical, and software.

Among other activities, the students learnt to make beads from a biochemical reaction, used a computer to operate a small, robotic car and watched a demonstration from the Waikato Engineering Motorsport team. Software Engineering involved small groups of students devising a paper prototype of a piece of technology which allowed them to use social networking in class, without the teacher’s knowledge.

Students and their parents were also talked through Waikato University's degree structure and the focus on work placements during study at Waikato.

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