The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment holds a range of community activities throughout the year. Community interaction and collaboration enriches our operations and makes a significant impact on our success.
The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment organises a range of community outreach events and programs. These events provide students and other community members an opportunity to engage with exciting technology through different activities and learn about the importance of engineering in our everyday lives.
2014 RoboCup Junior, Newcastle Regional Competition
RoboCup Junior is set to kick off again in 2014 with much excitement, following the great success of the event over the past two years. Following the re-birth of the competition in the Hunter region in 2012, the RoboCup Junior was hosted by the University of Newcastle's Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment for its second year in 2013, with over 300 people attending the event.
The Junior League's focus is education - providing a great way to get students thinking and learning about problem solving and new technologies, all while contributing to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics research. Primary and secondary school students are being invited to form a team for the competition, where they will program robots to compete in a series of robotic challenges including dancing, playing soccer and performing rescues in an obstacle based scenario.
In 2013, 18 primary and secondary schools across the Hunter competed in the competition, bringing with them 57 participating teams and close to 200 students.
The RoboCup Junior event heavily relies on the support and work of dedicated teachers, parents and students to help run the activities. If you would like to get involved in 2014, please contact Ryan Jeffery.
For further information visit www.robocupjunior.org.au.
Experience Mechatronics Engineering
Mechatronics engineering is an exciting discipline that combines skills from mechanical, electrical and software engineering to design complex systems like robots, vehicles and other autonomous computer controlled systems in industry.
Students and teachers are invited on campus for a 2-hour mechatronics engineering experience where we introduce mechatronics engineering and systems through some interesting and exciting practical activities in our labs.
In 2014 we are offering a wide range of activities for different age groups, including
- a bungee jumping activity using a high speed camera to record information that the participant will use to calibrate a simulation
- construction of wind turbines that generate electricity, lift weights and pump water. Activities involve mathematical modelling and computer simulation aided design.
Learning and Lego with Electrical Engineering
Secondary students are invited on campus to take part in a Lego mind storm activity with postgraduate students and academic staff. The aim of the activity is to give students an idea about electrical engineering as a discipline and career option and is suited to students in years 9 to 12.
Gifted and Talented Program
The Gifted and Talented Program is a University of Newcastle initiative, run in conjunction with Merewether High School (NSW Department of Education and Training), providing a pathway for exceptional students from all high schools to undertake first year university courses while attending school.