The Australian Maritime College and Re-Engineering Foundation have teamed up to provide the SUBS in School Technology Challenge in Tasmania for the first time.
The Re-Engineering Foundation Australia and the Australian Maritime College have agreed to deliver the AMC’s SUBS in School Technology Challenge in Tasmania for the first time this year.
The challenge will afford primary and high school students the chance to make their own mock submarine or remote controlled vehicle, and is expected to occur in either September or October. The national final will be held at the University of Tasmania in December.
“We believe that students, particularly those who are just starting their STEM journey, need to be able to see examples of what they aspire to be and the pathway that leads to achieving those goals,” Michael van Balen, AO, principal of the AMC, said.
“Team-based competitions such as SUBS in Schools play a critical role in engaging and inspiring these bright young scientists, engineers and problem solvers.
“As Australia’s national institute for maritime education, research and training, AMC is well-placed to help foster these skills and build awareness of the vast career opportunities in the naval shipbuilding sector.”
The idea for the SUBS in Schools Technology Challenge grew from the government’s Future Submarine Program, according to the national event co-ordinator for the Re-Engineering Foundation Deborah Maloney.
“The SUBS in Schools Technology Challenge is the world’s first in-class submarine design competition. It has been successfully delivered in schools across Australia for the past six years, and we are delighted to be bringing the program to Tasmania for the first time in 2021,” Maloney said.
“The tasks faced by the students are no less complex than those faced by engineers working on real maritime projects. As well as building their STEM literacy, the opportunity for students to collaborate with industry as a means of solving these problems helps develop their communication and teamwork skills.”