A group of Australia’s youngest potential engineers will enter the world stage when they jet overseas to represent Australia at the launch of the Subs in Schools program in London next month.
Team Triton ROV, a group of 12-year-old students from Prince Alfred College in Adelaide, recently won the Australian national finals of the Subs in Schools competition with their remotely-operated under-water vehicle (ROV).
Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA) president Mark Sander said the SIA is proud to sponsor the team's trip overseas, which it hopes will act as a catalyst for the students to pursue a career in engineering.
"This is an outstanding educational opportunity for students and one which will hopefully inspire them – and other school students – to go on and forge careers as world-leading engineers," said Sander.
"The SIA is delighted to be a platinum sponsor of Triton ROV’s trip to the launch of Subs in Schools in London, to be followed by a visit to Oxford University and Britain’s National Oceanography Centre."
Triton ROV was the youngest team competing in Subs in Schools, with other competitors coming from years 10 and 11.
The competition also required team members to make an oral presentation about their ROV, develop marketing and engineering portfolios, build a trade display, participate in computer-aided design and engineering interviews with industry engineers, and demonstrate their ROV’s in-water capability by achieving certain tasks in a swimming pool.
"Triton ROV won seven of the nine categories it competed in, including overall national champions, so hopefully this will stand it in good stead to represent Australia in Europe," Sander said.
"The work Triton ROV has been doing is another example of the importance of promoting higher levels of participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in Australian schools."
After returning to Australia, Triton ROV will attend the SIA’s upcoming 4th Submarine, Science, Technology and Engineering Conference (SubSTEC4) in Adelaide in November.
The Subs in Schools program is an initiative of Re-Engineering Australia Foundation, which aims to promote STEM subjects to students, as well as showcasing defence and other industries as future career pathways.