14 Students Visit KGA

KGA were excited to be involved with the Week of Engineering, which introduced students to real life engineering.

The Week of Engineering was organised by Futureintech and IPENZ and supported by engineering firms across New Zealand from a range of engineering disciplines. The initiative began in Wellington in 2016, and after its success, was rolled out in Auckland and Christchurch for 2017.

KGA hosted thirteen Year 13 students from Kristin High School and one student from City Impact Church School, where we introduced them to geotechnical engineering and the pathway we took through university to get into an engineering career. Jacqui and Andrew fronted the presentation, sharing the day to day life of a geotechnical engineer, their own pathway and challenges when choosing a career and exciting projects they've worked on.

The students had the opportunity to get their hands dirty looking at different samples collected from machine drilling, including soil and rock from the Waitemata Group, commonly seen in the East Coast Bays cliffs, and basalt rock from the Auckland Volcanic field. They also had a go with the different field equipment used in testing. We ended the session with a morning tea and a question and answer session which Steven, Jen and Yan also joined in on.

As part of the Week of Engineering, Jacqui helped at the Engineering Expo, held at Auckland University. The Expo was suited for all ages and engineers from many disciplines, including geotechnical, structural, traffic and mechanical, gave the public an insight into the fun and fascinating world of engineering. Activities included liquefaction demonstrations, newspaper tower building competitions and creating computer code to successfully tell a robot how to move through a maze.

The Week of Engineering is in its early days, but can only get better. KGA are proud supporters of the initiative of Futureintech which introduces students of all ages into the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths, and shows them the real life application of the subjects they learn in school. Jacqui has been with KGA for 9 years and a Futureintech ambassador for five years, going to many schools to talk to students about her career and the pathway she took to get there. The work that Furtureintech does has only winners, for the community, for the industry, and most importantly, for the students.

For more information on the Week of Engineering, visit their website (Link)

For more information on Futureintech and careers in using science and maths, visit their website (Link)