Charles Darwin didn’t come up with his theory of evolution by sitting in a classroom
“Scientists investigate that which already is;
Engineers create that which has never been.”
There’s more to engineering than building bridges. Mechanical engineers have designed prosthetics that help amputees run, electrical engineers are responsible for TV and radio, and we have chemical engineers to thank for clean water and sanitation. To continue making rapid advancements that enhance our quality of life, we must foster innovation, cultivate curiosity and nurture the cognitive development of our youth.
Today’s students are tomorrow’s engineers and on Monday the 8th of May, a Year 9 class from ELTHAM College visited Vipac’s state-of-the-art facilities to complement their science curriculum and learn about Wind Engineering. The tour kicked off with a snapshot on projects we’ve worked on, including the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, and the curved towers of Singapore’s Reflections at Keppel Bay, followed by a visit to our Model Making Room and our Wind Tunnel.
It’s not every day that one learns how to build a model skyscraper! The students were taken through a step-by-step guide, including experimenting with different techniques and materials, 3D printing and setting the models up in the Wind Tunnel to be tested. Typically, our models are constructed to a scale of 1:400, which allows us to fit a whole cityscape into our 16 metre tunnel!
Testament to the day’s success, one of the teachers described it as “the best excursion we’ve been on in ages!”