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World of Engineering Exhibition

Monday, 05 June 2017   (0 Comments)
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The SAIMechE Mpumalanga Highveld (MH) Branch hosted the annual World of Engineering exhibition earlier this year. Here's feedback and photos shared by Tertius Bosman, MH Branch Committee Member:

Participating in career days at schools made us aware of how uninformed learners at schools are of a career in engineering. We realised that without a frame of reference with respect to engineering, a learner would hardly be drawn to a career in engineering. For those that do not have parents in engineering that share their knowledge with their children, there is almost no opportunity to build an understanding of an engineering career as the equipment used to demonstrate all the interesting science and maths principles are no longer available to teachers. Science and maths became the dreaded boring subjects to many learners who find it difficult to see the sense in learning it.

When SAIMechE decided to host an Engineering open day for the learners of the local schools, Sasol, MegChem, PDPS and iQlaser responded to sponsor the entire event as part of an engineering awareness and motivation action under schools. The aim of the open days were to create an exhibition where learners can spend a whole day witnessing and participating in displays and events that demonstrate the science and maths principles they learn at school and to show them how these principles are applied in real life
 “things” that they can relate to. For these exhibitions, we targeted the grade 9’s to entice them to make the right subject choice for grade 10 if they see a possibility in a career in engineering, and the grade 12’s to expose them to the beauty of engineering that will hopefully guide them into selecting engineering as a career. A committee was formed to plan and build the equipment needed for the 11 exhibitions that covered all disciplines of engineering and artisanship. The stalls were erected at the Sasol recreation club in Embalenhle, where the learners rotated in groups of 30, spending 40 minutes at each stall where an engineer explained his/her exhibition in detail.

Apart from enjoying a day away from school, learners were entertained by a team of engineers by showing them interesting engineering marvels in a relaxed atmosphere. The day turned out to be extremely successful, delightfully exceeding our expectations and spawning a tremendous lot of interaction from the learners. Thank you SAIMechE for a great initiative and to Sasol, MegChem, PDPS, and iQlaser for the financial resources that made this possible and to each of the close to 50 volunteers that gave their time to make it happen. With every event we will grow this to perfection, and will soon be extending the event beyond Secunda.

(Megchem, PDPS and Sasol are company affiliate members of SAIMechE).



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