You are not logged in.
Openly accessible

Do we challenge students enough? Model Solar vehicle project challenges potential engineers.

Wellington, Paul, DiPilla, Janet and Jobling, Wendy 2006, Do we challenge students enough? Model Solar vehicle project challenges potential engineers., in Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education: Creativity, Challenge, Change; Partnerships in Engineering Education, Australasian Association for Engineering Education, [Auckland, N.Z.], pp. 778-787.

Attached Files
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads
jobling-dowechallenge-2006.pdf Published version application/pdf 89.07KB 35

Title Do we challenge students enough? Model Solar vehicle project challenges potential engineers.
Author(s) Wellington, Paul
DiPilla, Janet
Jobling, Wendy
Conference name Australasian Association for Engineering Education. Conference (17th : 2006 : Auckland, New Zealand)
Conference location Auckland, New Zealand.
Conference dates 10-13 December 2006
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education: Creativity, Challenge, Change; Partnerships in Engineering Education
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2006
Conference series Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference
Start page 778
End page 787
Publisher Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Place of publication [Auckland, N.Z.]
Summary A major challenge to Australia and New Zealand is the perceived need to develop "knowledge economies" based on the expertise of university graduates,  especially engineers. However, many countries are finding less students are choosing to study engineering. At the same time, there is increasing concern about increased levels of greenhouse gases leading to global warming with species loss, rising sea levels and desertification being likely outcomes. Numerous competitions have been established aimed at attracting school students into science and engineering careers. Environmental groups have also sponsored educational activities to increase student awareness of alternative energy technologies. One activity which provides both a science and engineering challenge while also raising awareness of alternative energy and more efficient conversion of that energy for transport is the Model Solar Vehicle Challenge (MSVC). The Challenge, which provides a solar powered boat competition for younger students and a car race for the older ones, has involved thousands of Victorian school students since 1990 and students from all Australian states since 1993. Boats race in 2 or 3 lanes guided by an overhead wire in a 10 metre pool, and cars race 100 metres around a figure 8 track. Top boats average over 7 kph and cars reach speeds of 25 kph at the finish line. This paper will discuss the conduct of the Challenge, motivation of participants, the depth of learning which can be achieved and the effectiveness of the Challenge in encouraging students to continue with science subjects through school and to select engineering at university. It will also briefly discuss the lessons that can be learnt from the MSVC and applied to first year university courses.
ISBN 9780473118815
Language eng
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2006, Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30025857

Document type: Conference Paper
Collections: School of Education
Open Access Collection
Connect to link resolver
 
Unless expressly stated otherwise, the copyright for items in DRO is owned by the author, with all rights reserved.

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact drosupport@deakin.edu.au.

Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 0 times in TR Web of Science
Scopus Citation Count Cited 0 times in Scopus
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Access Statistics: 584 Abstract Views, 35 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Fri, 26 Mar 2010, 09:14:43 EST

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact drosupport@deakin.edu.au.