Not one to let a great opportunity go by, Chloe Oliver from St Luke’s College in Karratha, decided to jump right in and apply to attend the Spark Engineering Camp in 2019.
Chloe, a Year 10 student from Wickham, was chosen to attend the Camp that was held in Brisbane from 1 – 6 July 2019. This Camp is a not for profit initiative that provides an opportunity for around a hundred year 10 – 12 students to experience university life and see what engineering has to offer.
‘A family friend saw the advertisement for the Spark Camp and encouraged me to apply,’ says Chloe. She explains that it sounded like an amazing opportunity to learn more about STEM courses at university. ‘When I leave school, I’m pretty sure that I want to go to university and get a degree in something STEM related, however I was not sure what.’ She believes that the Spark Camp would help her learn more about the degrees in engineering and university overall.
Of the three students from WA, Chloe was the only one to attend the Brisbane camp at the University of Queensland.
The days were jam-packed with different activities, with a focus on the different types of engineering. ‘We learnt how to develop apps, made small robots and programmed them, made a drone and then programmed it to fly in a specific pattern and do tricks.’ Students had to build scale dams out of natural materials and had the opportunity to spend a day in the life of engineering students working on their thesis projects. Chloe explains that they looked at the engineering behind famous landmarks, climbed the storey bridge and had several workshops with their sponsors about networking and what a typical day in their field of work would look like.
This Year 10 student says she would recommend the Spark Engineering Camp to other high school students. Not only did it give Chloe a better insight into the life of a university student but opened the world of engineering to her. ‘I met amazing friends and mentors who were always full of encouragement and there to support you and answer your questions.’
The Principal of St Luke’s College, Mrs Alanna Otway, says it is a real testament to Chloe’s motivation and commitment that she applied to this program and stepped right out of her comfort zone to travel to Brisbane to participate. ‘It is a real source of pride when our students demonstrate such drive.’