Engineering Winter School Educates and Excites’
About 130 Grade 11 and 12 pupils from UKZN’s top feeder schools descended on Howard College in July for the School of Engineering Winter School held during the school holidays.
The enthusiastic learners had expressed an interest in studying engineering at the University and the outreach event gave them information about the various study options offered by the School of Engineering.
‘The aim of Engineering Winter School is to enlighten secondary level learners about the different disciplines of Engineering and career paths that they can pursue if they decide to study in a particular field,’ explained Public Relations Officer Ms Prashina Budree, who co-ordinated the event.
The learners also visited various disciplines and participated in different hands-on tasks and exercises. Engineering disciplines included bioresources/agricultural engineering, as well as chemical, civil, computer, electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering, and land surveying, property development and construction studies.
Engineering staff and current postgraduate students shared their engineering insights and experiences with the pupils. External speakers from the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) and eThekwini’s Water and Sanitation Division spoke about possible work opportunities available once they finished their studies.
To show that engineers also know how to have fun, the participants were treated to a braai and to Dr Megan Govender’s exciting and unpredictable Science show featuring experiments that demonstrated the fundamental laws of Physics.
The week ended with a tour to Smiths Manufacturing in Pinetown and an educational tour of the Moses Mabhida Stadium - one of Durban’s most beautiful engineering sites.
‘We did many exciting things and met wonderful people. I really enjoyed the UKZN Engineering Winter School. It definitely captured my interest. I am now putting in every effort into obtaining better marks so that I can study Engineering,’ said Mr Kashvir Sewpersad, a pupil from Dundee.
Words and photograph by: Manqoba Hadebe