More than 1,000 students from schools across the Hunter participated in RDA Hunter’s 2019 Build ME a Future Days recently.
Held at the University of Newcastle’s Great Hall across four days – Monday 20th to Thursday 23rd May, students undertook a range of activities that helped them apply the STEM knowledge they’re learning in class.
BAE Systems partnered to contextualise the activities and provide students with real-world examples of how their knowledge would be applied in industry.
The event was delivered by the University of Newcastle’s Science and Engineering Challenge and included the following activities:
– Build It: Students designed and build a model table and chair that must support the weight of the family pets.
– Get a Grip: Design and build artificial fingers and thumb for the bionic hand so that a number of tasks can be completed.
– Earthquake: Students construct a tall earthquake-proof tower using only basic materials, sound engineering principles and ingenuity. The towers are then put to the test in an earthquake simulator.
– String-along: Students are to develop networks that join a series of points in the most efficient way possible.
– Max Power: Supply power to the infrastructure of Maximillian Powers’ new city, using the most cost effective electricity produced by the power stations.
– Get Over It: Build a small bridge from balsa, tape, paddle pop sticks etc. Points are awarded for load-carrying capacity.
– Light Comms: Students are to communicate with each other using various coloured light transmitted through an optical fibre and assessed on their speed and accuracy.