• Aug 1 2017


    2017 Competition results

    Congratulations to the following schools and teams that won awards in our 7 competitions held across Australia and New Zealand:


    Auckland

    • All-rounder award
      Diocesan School for Girls

    • Efficiency award
      Elim Christian College

    • Strength award
      Ngaruawahia High School

    • Innovation award
      Selwyn College

    • Digital award
      Avondale College

    NSW/ACT

    • All-rounder award
      Burwood Girls High School

    • Efficiency award
      Camden Haven High School

    • Strength award
      All Saints Grammar

    • Innovation award
      Burwood Girls High School (judges decision)

    • Digital award
      Redlands High School

    SA

    • All-rounder award
      Domino Servite College - Team TG Solutions

    • Efficiency award
      Domino Servite College - Team JM Bridges

    • Strength award
      St Dominic's Priory College - Team The Dominators

    • Innovation award
      Sacred Heart College - Team White

    • Digital award
      Domino Servite College - Team JM Bridges

    SEQ

    • All-rounder award
      Mount Gravatt State High School - Team 3

    • Efficiency award
      Emerald Christian College - Team Gamma

    • Strength award
      Emerald Christian College - Team Beta

    • Innovation award
      Emmanuel Anglican College - Team STEM Bees

    Victoria

    • All-rounder award
      Yeshivah College – Team Yeshivah

    • Efficiency award
      Kaniva College – Team Truss Me It’s Strong Two

    • Strength award
      John Paul College – Team A

    • Innovation award
      Mentone Grammar School – Team Mentone Grammar Builders

    • Digital award
      Kaniva College – Team Truss Me It’s Strong Two

    WA

    • All-rounder award
      Baldivis Secondary College – Team Baldivis 2

    • Efficiency award
      Carmel Adventist College – Team AKN

    • Strength award
      Woodvale Secondary College – Team Year 8

    • Innovation award
      Mandurah Catholic College – Team MCC1

    • Digital award
      Perth College – Team B

    Wellington

    • All-rounder award
      Hagley College – Team Ballistic Balsa

    • Efficiency award
      Hagley College – Team Sreenigne

    • Strength award
      Wellington High School – Team The Arch-itects

    • Innovation award
      Wellington High School – Team Navigate your way to Oz


    STEM skills shortage can be addressed with the right approach

    18 April 2017 - Considerable concern was raised recently by the plummeting rates of secondary school students in STEM subjects as highlighted in Engineers Australia’s report, “The Engineers Make Things Happen”. This warning of a looming shortage of engineers, has stimulated industry employer Aurecon to join forces with educational authorities to promote the value of providing more hands-on practical learning experiences in the high school system.

    STEM skills shortage can be addressed with the right approach“We need to inspire our students with the challenges and career opportunities STEM related study can open whether it be in the area of robotics, designing new energy networks, intelligent buildings or the transport systems that will need to respond to driverless cars and the increasing digitisation of infrastructure” said William Cox, Aurecon’s  ANZ Managing Director.


    To better engage students, global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon has launched its 2017 Aurecon Bridge Building Competition for high schools across Australia and New Zealand, with a new focus on building digital engineering skills.


    The optional digital component has been introduced to encourage high school students to use a 3D platform, SketchUp, to design their bridges prior to construction. It reflects the increasing use of digital and 3D technology to design and build structures. The digital designs will then be reviewed by some of Aurecon’s expert bridge engineers, with the top three digital designs from each location showcased on competition day.


    The rise of digital engineers

    “Given the exponential rate digitisation continues to shape the world we live in, there is a growing demand for the combined skills of IT and engineering, or ‘digital engineers’,” said Mr Cox. “The competition helps showcase these practical skills within the school system while providing a fun and challenging environment for our brightest STEM students to experiment and build their bridges of the future.”

    The solutions to the complex engineering challenges we presently face in areas as diverse as energy, transport and the built environment, now require cross-disciplinary skills and collaborative problem solving. The Bridge Building Competition is an opportunity for students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths disciplines to work closely together to do just that – collaborate and think multidisciplinary.

    “It is critical for engineering, science, and technology industry employers to work with industry bodies, universities and schools to provide creative solutions to problems, and lead efforts in making STEM subjects more appealing to young students,” Mr Cox commented.

    “The Engineering Australia report also highlights that the number of both male and female students studying maths and physics has notably dropped from 2001 levels, and female participation remains well behind male participation in these subjects”, he added.


    Winners to defend their title

    Teams from the Victorian High School of Kaniva College have won awards in the competition for the last nine years in a row, and the school will be participating again in 2017 to defend its title.

    According to Mathematics and Science teacher David Staehr, 2016’s Year 9 students built a bridge from popsicle sticks that withstood 438 kilograms, earning them an AUD 1 000 prize. “Our students love the hands-on approach, and many of them have subsequently expressed an interest in a career in engineering,” he said. “The extension of the programme into digital is a great idea.”

    Registrations are now open to Years 8 and 9 high school students in Australia and Years 9 and 10 New Zealand students to enrol teams in the 2017 Bridge Building Competition. The immensely popular event offers participants a ‘real-world’ experience of what they can look forward to as future engineering students and professionals.

    The Aurecon Bridge Building Competition engages approximately 250 schools, or around 1 000 students, throughout ANZ each year. The annual competition works to cultivate a curiosity among students for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects at a time when enrolments across Australia and New Zealand are in continued decline. The Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, estimates that, within the next decade, approximately 75 per cent of jobs within the fastest-growing industries will demand STEM.

    The competition will be held at seven locations throughout Australia and New Zealand (Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Auckland, Wellington and Perth) in the first three weeks of August.

    Prior to Judging Day, students will be tasked with designing and constructing a model bridge using a kit and guidelines provided by Aurecon. Judging days will be held in August, when all teams will gather at venues across Australia and New Zealand for their bridges to be load tested and assessed for visual appeal, innovation, workmanship, creativity and functionality.

    Entry for the Aurecon Bridge Building Competition is free and prizes are awarded to students and schools in four award categories: All-rounder award; Efficiency award; Strength award; Innovation award, and the newly introduced Digital Strength prize.

    Further information about the competition, including dates and venues as well as highlights from previous year’s events, is available on the website: www.aurecongroup.com/buildingbridges


    2016 Competition winners announced

    The passion and creativity of the teams in this year’s bridge building competitions have been fantastic and inspiring. View the below video for some of the highlights of this year’s competition.




    Congratulations to the following schools and teams that won awards in our 10 competitions held across Australia and New Zealand:


    Auckland

    • All-rounder award
      Ngaruawahia High School – Team Bridget

    • Strength award
      Diocesan School for Girls – Team Stirling the Brave

    • Efficiency award
      Diocesan School for Girls – Team Stirling the Brave

    • Innovation award
      St Peter’s College, Epsom – Team The Suspense

    Gladstone

    • All-rounder award
      Chanel College – Team 2

    • Strength award
      Trinity College – Team B

    • Efficiency award
      Emerald Christian College – Team Beta

    • Innovation award
      Emerald Christian College – Team Gamma

    Mackay

    • All-rounder award
      St Catherine’s Catholic College – Team Pop Arch Designers

    • Strength award
      St Catherine’s Catholic College – Team Pop Arch Designers

    • Innovation award
      Ingham State School – Team Hand Me The Money

    Northern Territory

    • All-rounder award
      Good Shepherd Lutheran College – Team Fusion

    • Strength award
      Good Shepherd Lutheran College – Team Fusion

    • Efficiency award
      Marrara Christian College – Team Fluffle Puff

    • Innovation award
      Marrara Christian College – Team Caution Cookies

    NSW/ACT

    • All-rounder award
      Green Point Christian School - Team A

    • Strength award
      Baulkham Hills High School – Team Baulko Popsicles

    • Efficiency award
      Moorebank High School – Team Moorebank Masters

    • Innovation award
      St Paul’s Catholic College Manly – Team A

    South Australia

    • All-rounder award
      St Dominic’s Priory College – Team B

    • Strength award
      St Michael’s College – Team Maroon

    • Efficiency award
      Salisbury East High School – Team 1

    • Innovation award
      St Dominic’s Priory College – Team A

    South East Queensland

    • All-rounder award
      All Saints High School – Team ASAS 2

    • Strength award
      Trinity Catholic College – Team Something Smart

    • Efficiency award
      All Saints High School – Team ASAS 1

    • Innovation award
      Corinda State High School – Team DBE3

    Victoria

    • All-rounder award
      Kaniva College - Team Truss Me I'm Strong

    • Strength award
      Marcellin College – Team Marcellin College

    • Efficiency award
      Koonung College – Team Koonung Kreators

    • Innovation award
      Mentone Grammar – Team A

    Wellington

    • All-rounder award
      Newlands College – Team Truss Worthy Trio

    • Strength award
      Hagley College – Team Southern Strength

    • Efficiency award
      Hagley College – Team Vortex

    • Innovation award
      Bishop Viard College – Team Cold Spunky Noodles

    Western Australia

    • All-rounder award
      Carmel Adventist College – Team 76

    • Strength award
      Carmel Adventist College – Team 1

    • Efficiency award
      Ashdale Secondary College – Team 2

    • Innovation award
      Carmel Adventist College – Team 623

    Aurecon Bridge Building Competition 2016 Winners


    Social Media Competition now open

    We have been very impressed by the ingenuity and quality of the bridge designs in our annual competition over the years. This year, we will showcase and celebrate participating school’s work through the Aurecon Bridge Building Social Media Competition.

    The winning school will be provided with an educational presentation about the future of engineering hosted by an Aurecon engineer.

    Schools can enter by following these 4 easy steps:

    1. ‘Like’ the Aurecon Facebook page
    2. Share a photo about your school’s bridge building experience on your school’s Facebook page. The photo can be of your team, a funny moment, an action shot of your bridge under construction etc.
    3. Write, in 100 words or less, a creative story to describe your photo
    4. Use the hashtag #AureconBBC with the post

    If a school does not have a Facebook page, they can enter by posting a photo and story on the Aurecon Facebook page wall.

    Schools can enter as many times at they wish. The top 10 entries with the most creative photo and story will be entered into a prize draw. One winner will be selected on 30 August 2016.

    Please note:


    Designed for students, by students: Aurecon Bridge Building Competition 2016 launched


    Registrations now closed for Aurecon’s reimagined Bridge Building Competition 2016

    Three months, three engineering students and countless popsicle sticks later, we are excited to invite schools across Australia and New Zealand to enter a team (or two) in our reimagined Aurecon Bridge Building Competition 2016.
    Click to view the 2014 Image gallery
    The competition is open to Year 8 and 9 students in Australia, and Year 9 and 10 students in New Zealand. It will be held in 11 locations during the first three weeks of August.

    New building materials, testing and scoring mechanisms and award categories are a few of the clever innovations that a small group of Monash University engineering students designed for the annual competition.

    The third and fourth year students from a range of disciplines including civil and mechanical engineering, and industrial and product design, were challenged by Aurecon Chief Digital Officer, Andrew Maher, to transform the bridge building learning experience for young students.

    “Our team started by looking forward ten years, to when today's students will be entering the workforce and thinking about the work a company like Aurecon will be doing and the skills ‘future ready’ university graduates will need,” comments Andrew.

    “This year’s changes are the first in a series of exciting innovations aimed at cultivating curiosity and readying secondary school students for a digital engineering future.”

    Although enrolments are on a steady decline, it is estimated by the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda that within the next decade approximately 75 per cents of jobs in the fastest-growing industries will demand science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

    Aurecon Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, William Cox, believes that the engineering, science and technology industries must work together and lead efforts to make STEMs more accessible and appealing to young students.

    “STEM subjects are the building blocks for the inquisitive, adventurous and inventive imaginations that make engineering and technology work. The earlier students can engage with STEM subjects the better,” comments William.

    “It’s why we as a business feel so strongly about providing competitors a very ‘real-world’ experience of what they can look forward to as future engineering students and professionals. What better way to do this than to have engineering students – not that much older than the competitors themselves - redesign the competition.”

    Entry for the Aurecon Bridge Building Competition is free and prizes will be awarded to students and schools in four new award categories: All-rounder award; Efficiency award; Strength award; and an Innovation prize.

    Prior to testing day, using materials supplied by Aurecon, students will be tasked with designing and constructing a model bridge using the construction guidelines provided. Judging day will take place in August, and all competitors are invited to gather at venues across Australia and New Zealand where bridges will be load tested and assessed for visual appeal, workmanship, creativity and functionality.

    Register online today on the competition website. Further information about the competition, including dates and venues as well as highlights from previous year’s events, is available on the website: http://www.aurecongroup.com/buildingbridges/
    Aurecon Bridge Building Competition

    Competitions will be held in the following locations in 2017:

    Australia


    New Zealand