Engineering, IT and Project Management
Students interested in studying engineering, project management and information technologies can get involved in a number of activities run by the University.
The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies offers workshops, programs and information nights as well as work experience placements for high school students throughout the year. We also offer activities for teachers, including the Computer Science for High School program.
Upcoming student activities include our Years 10 and 11 Project Management Winter Camp, a two-day intensive workshop which will give students a head start in project management and show them where this dynamic field can lead to.
Activities for students
Throughout the year, we invite high school students on campus to experience what it’s like to study engineering, project management and information technologies.
Students can participate in fun, interactive workshops, tour our facilities and talk to our academics and current students about study options and life at Sydney. During the workshops they might create their own avatar, build a signal railway, race in a fuel cell car challenge or participate in a desert-island scenario.
Our student ambassadors can also come to your high school and run tailored activities with your students, aligned with your curriculum.
The faculty offers a limited number of work experience placements for year 10 students in the following areas:
- Chemical and biomolecular engineering
- Civil engineering
- Aerospace, mechanical and mechatronic engineering
- Electrical information, power and telecommunications engineering
- Information technologies
Students are teamed up with either an academic or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) student to work on a suitable project. This program is popular so you will need to apply for a place as early as possible.
We know that life during the final years at school can be stressful, so we want to make your students’ transition to university as easy as possible.
At our Year 11/12 and Parent Information Night held in June we give students an overview of our undergraduate degrees, explain the application process and let them know about our HSC preparation and bridging courses.
They also have the chance to chat to academics and current students and hear about their experiences at Sydney first hand.
We partner with organisations throughout the year to deliver summer, autumn and winter school programs for high school students interested in finding out more about engineering.
These programs include on-campus workshops and site visits to leading companies where students can see engineers in action on major project sites. They are mentored by university students, engage in hands-on activities and learn about careers in engineering.
We partner with Engineers Australia for their Summer School program as well as with Engineering Aid Australia to deliver the annual Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School (IAESS).
The faculty also participates in Engineers Australia’s Discover Engineering Day, fun and interactive days throughout the year where students can learn what a career in engineering is all about.
The National Computer Science School (NCSS) is an intensive week-long computer programming and website development summer school for students going into Years 11 and 12.
NCSS is about challenging students to think like a computer scientist and giving them an intensive programming experience in a university setting. As part of the program they will go on site visits and meet industry professionals.
The NCSS Challenge is a five week competition giving high school students an opportunity to learn and experience computer programming. The Challenge is designed to cater for beginners, intermediate and advanced students.
The Girls’ Programming Network (GPN) is an extra-curricular program run by girls, for girls. In this one-day workshop participants have the opportunity to develop their own games, learn about digital media, sound, image and video manipulation and even create smart phone applications.
The tutors are a mix of University IT students and professional software engineers from companies like Google and Atlassian.
Google has developed partnerships with a handful of universities in Australia, including the University of Sydney, to conduct a Computer Science for High School (CS4HS) program.
The CS4HS workshop aims to increase high school teachers’ knowledge and ability to promote and teach computer science and computational thinking in classrooms. The program takes a 'train the trainer' approach. The 2-3 day workshops for teachers provide training, tips, and actual classroom materials to help them teach programming and computing in schools and turn students into computational thinkers and creators.
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