Engineering's 'creating and design'

18:59, Apr 03 2014
ipenz competition
GRAND DESIGNS: The South Canterbury Museum and the South Canterbury branch of the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand have come up with a competition for secondary school students. From back, left and clockwise, are museum director Phillip Howe, and IPENZ members, Antoni Facey, Andrew Dixon, and Bevan Sandison.

It may be a sad moment when you leave home and realise clothes don't wash themselves.

However, it's also an exciting time to look to the future and find what will fill your days, and hopefully, fulfil you.

The South Canterbury branch of the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand (IPENZ) is hoping to inspire students to consider engineering as a career path.

IPENZ has joined forces with the South Canterbury Museum and is calling on secondary school pupils to enter their engineering project competition, "Shaping the Future", which has a first prize of $500.

The competition requires an essay, alongside a display predicting engineering issues in South Canterbury during the coming century.

IPENZ South Canterbury branch chairman Andrew Dixon said he was looking forward to seeing what ideas came forward.


"I really wanted people, especially students, to realise engineering is not just about fixing things. It's also about creating and design."

Committee member Bevan Sandison said a career in engineering was a fulfilling one.

"I enjoy my job because I am able to give back to the community. I can problem solve and make a difference," Sandison said.

Museum director Phillip Howe said he was looking forward to the collaboration of an exhibition displaying South Canterbury over the past 100 years and competition pieces on display.

Entry forms are available at the museum, and all entries must be received by May 2.

The Timaru Herald