No longer male exclusive, for the first time in 12 years the selective engineering camp had the highest number of female applicants.
Only 24 students in years 9-11, across the Riverina; brushed up on their engineering skills and went into full construction mode.
Kooringal High’s year 10 student Brianna Evans Blondinau, said being a girl hasn’t held her back from wanting to pursue a career in civil engineering.
“I have found out a lot in this camp and guys always think that girls aren’t good enough to do it; in a way I do believe that girls aren’t as strong as boys, but we’ve got the mental capacity just as big or even greater than boys,” she said.
“We can change engineering to be both a female and male career.”
The camp runs for three days under the direction of a highly experienced construction project engineer Nigel Worne.
“We need the full range of people whether it’s ethnic or gender, whatever it may be; we all have the smarts and all have something to contribute,” Mr Worne said.
“I think it’s really important to have this mix, because it brings different ideas to the table to produce the best solutions.”
Students were able to get a picture of the engineering industry and acquire skills like problem-solving, negotiating and marketing to make them more employable following school.
While this year’s camp was still male dominated, five young women attended the camp making it the highest number of females to join.