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Indigenous students view their future in engineering

Young Indigenous students from across Australia visited RMIT learning more about engineering.

The Year 10, 11 and 12 students are taking part in the second annual Victorian Indigenous Engineering Winter School (VIEWS) – a collaboration between RMIT, the University of Melbourne, Swinburne University and Monash University.

VIEWS aims to encourage an interest and passion for engineering through hands-on activities.

RMIT hosted the first day of the program.

Dr Matthew Currell from RMIT’s School of Engineering said the students spent the day on cultural and group activities.

“Over the five days, students will get an insight into what it’s like to study and work in engineering,” he said.

“They’ll visit four university campuses and meet staff and students from engineering programs.

“The students will have the opportunity to learn about different pathways into engineering and hear first-hand, inspirational stories from Indigenous engineers and engineering students,” he said.

“By the end of the week, the students will have an appreciation of what an engineer does and how they can impact society and improve the lives of people across the globe.”

Currell said the students spent time at RMIT’s Ngarara Willim Centre, visited our Advanced Manufacturing Precinct and participated in a group bridge building challenge.

Senior Manager for RMIT’s Ngarara Willim Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Stacey Campton, said it was important that the University showed young Indigenous people with an interest in engineering what careers were available, and what degrees and pathways would move them towards their dream career.

“We want to see more Indigenous students on our campuses and this program gives them a taste of what they can get from university,” she said.

Source: RMIT

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