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Tackling problems through career choices

Imagine a career which could take you anywhere from major cities to remote locations around the world, building and delivering critical infrastructure for communities that need it the most.

That’s exactly what 200 school students from Queensland were asked to consider, when a group of Origin engineers, scientists and technical specialists took the ‘Regioneering Roadshow’ to the Toowoomba region.

The ‘Regioneering Roadshow’ is delivered in conjunction with our volunteering partner, Engineers Without Borders, and provides practical engineering experiences to regional, rural and remote students to show how science, engineering and technology can make a positive impact in people’s lives.

According to Australia’s Chief Scientist, Australia needs more engineers and scientists to meet the challenges that lie ahead for our country, and to support our future growth.

Sean Barrett, Head of the Origin Foundation knows this means more investment in all levels of science, technology, maths and engineering (STEM) education. “Our aim is for today’s school students to see engineering and science as a potential career choice and these hands-on workshops offer a different perspective to the engineering field and the career options that exist,” he said.

Glennie School Captain, Emily Coggan, added, "I really enjoyed the workshop and found of particular value the number of experienced professionals in the field of engineering who presented. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend.”

67% of the students said that as a result of the workshop, they are now more interested in studying engineering.

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