10-year-olds recruited as future manufacturing workers

The Victorian Vernier Society is recruiting future engineers and manufacturers from the age of 10, through a competition called Techno Challenge for which Year 5 and 6 students deconstruct the fundamentals of a working object.

The Victorian Vernier Society is an Australian engineering group dedicated to using the experience of members to inspire the next generation of engineers.

The primary aim of the 2011 Techno Challenge is to introduce young people to the world of manufacturing and engineering – entries close this Sunday 31 July. 

In the Challenge, students select a working object. They investigate its structure, its operation and the fundamentals behind how it works. The students then present their findings in an audiovisual presentation of ‘how things work’ or ‘how things are made’. 

Past projects have included a Pendulum clock, an mp3 player, a camera, a keyboard and an amphibious car.The Victorian Vernier Society is recruiting future engineers and manufacturers from the age of 10, through a competition called Techno Challenge for which Year 5 and 6 students deconstruct the fundamentals of a working object.

The Victorian Vernier Society is an Australian engineering group dedicated to using the experience of members to inspire the next generation of engineers.

The primary aim of the 2011 Techno Challenge is to introduce young people to the world of manufacturing and engineering – entries close this Sunday 31 July. 

In the Challenge, students select a working object. They investigate its structure, its operation and the fundamentals behind how it works. The students then present their findings in an audiovisual presentation of ‘how things work’ or ‘how things are made’. 

Past projects have included a Pendulum clock, an mp3 player, a camera, a keyboard and an amphibious car.

“The Techno Challenge is the annual major outreach project of the Vernier Society. The Society is committed to fostering the next generation of engineers and the Techno Challenge exemplifies one of our core aims,” said Peter Murie, president.

The Techno Challenge conducts judging sessions in rural and metropolitan Victoria in August and the finalists award ceremony will be held on Thursday 8 September 2011 at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club.  

Schools can win prizes which include a $5,000 Logo Robotics kit, scientific equipment costing $2,500, and electronic kits.

Enter here.

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