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Science Students @ Work


“The sense of satisfaction I had at the end of the week, after my four colleagues and I had presentd our findings, was overwhelming because I felt that I had put a lot of work into what we had done. The research we did helped my leadershp skills and my independent learning. It gave me a new perspective on some of the things I take for granted such as the ability to see*, and it allowed me to perform inportant tasks and duties that I didn’t know I had the capability of doing.” – William McKorkell, Student, St. Bernard’s College.

*This group was given the task of developing an audio commentary for the visually impaired when visiting Scienceworks


“The collaboration between the school, Akorn and the host organisations gives students an opportunity they could not envisage within the classroom. Students develop time management skills, leadership, initiative, teamwork, public speaking, self confidence, applying technical skills to real life issues and most importantly to the community.”

Vanessa Jackson-McRae, Faculty Leader-Science, St. Catherine’s School

The Sharing The Journey To Healing Diary developed and published by students at St. Catherine’s School is being distributed to burn survivors through The KIDS Foundation

Engineering Students @ Work


“I’ve never learned so much in one week – not just about engineering, but working together as a team, learning and using organizational skills – I would definitely to it again!.”

Nhung Tran, Student, Santa Maria College

This group was given the task to research and design a “green” building by Norman Disney & Young

“I’m one of the students from Santa Maria who participated in the first Engineering Students @ Work with you at Norman Disney & Young. I probably haven’t had the chance to properly thank you for the giving students like us the chance to experience work in such an exciting field like Engineering. I am emailing to let you know that I’m doing a double degree at RMIT in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science. My future plans are to major in hydraulics. Before I went to NDY, I had no intentions of being an engineer. If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t be here, already dreaming about becoming an engineer. And for that I would like to thank you. Please let Peter Koulos and his staff at NDY know how thankful I am for their company hosting our group.
One week of their time has absolutely changed my life.
Thank you so much!”

Sneha Bhattachan, Former Student, Santa Maria College.

Host Organisation

“You [the students] have delivered a building – a project in accordance with a client brief with innovation and with great success. You’ve learned about energy, emissions, recycling of materials, transport and innovation and come up with a sustainable solution

Sam Aloi, Director – Norman Disney & Young

Yr 9 Engineering Students @ Work Humanitarian Conference Days

“We were blown away by the enthusiasm, ingenuity and engineering problem solving shown by the students. In one day, they developed concepts far beyond any of our expectations and that resemble the solutions we are implementing in the field”

Daniel A’Vard
Vice President – Victoria Region | Engineers Without Borders Australia

VCAL Students @ Work