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University of Canterbury hosts future tech event for Kiwi students
Mon, 18th Apr 2016
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The University of Canterbury is giving Kiwi secondary school students who are interested in robotics, renewable energy, nanotechnology, rocketry, and next generation smart devices, the opportunity to get first-hand experience at a week-long camp.

According to UC, E-Week provides an opportunity for curious young minds to get hands-on lab experience, visit local companies, program a robot and build a lab-on-a-chip.

From 17-22 April year 12 and 13 students will be hosted by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Canterbury (UC) in Christchurch.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Phil Bones, with the assistance of several colleagues, is running the event. He says the annual E-Week is a place where students can witness a rocket launch from the UC Rocketry programme, participate in learning activities in specialist teaching and research laboratories, and enjoy social activities with like-minded peers.

He says, “Only fifteen students were selected from around New Zealand to attend this event, so it is quite an accomplishment to be selected."

The school pupils were selected based on academic merit, the subjects they are currently studying, their interest in engineering as a career and a teacher recommendation.

“These students will have the opportunity to work in our labs, where they build a ‘lab-on-a-chip', construct and program a small light-following robot, learn about electric vehicles and view demos in our unique High Voltage lab. They will also view a rocket launch from our UC Rocketry programme,” he says.

As well as taking part in electronics, robotics, nanotechnology and electric power engineering activities, the teenagers will tour Christchurch, enjoying recreational and social activities, and stay in UC Halls of Residence to gain a real ‘UC student experience'.

Bones says the breadth of opportunities and career pathways available to those who study electrical engineering are often eye-opening for the students.

“They get to see some recent graduates in their workplaces. We ran similar events in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and they have all been very successful,” he says.

Details and video of previous years' events found here: http://www.elec.canterbury.ac.nz/eweek/