Industry Mentor-WA High School Students – JUST START IT Program

Industry Mentor – Giving back as a Professional Engineer

I am proud to be an industry mentor to support Western Australian High School students and teachers for the JUST START IT educational program at North Lake Senior Campus and Canning Vale College for Year 10 and Year 11 during February to June 2016 and commencing at Armadale Senior High School in 2017.

The High schools involved in the program include – All Saints College, Warwick Senior High School, Ballajura Community College, Hamilton Senior High School, , Penrhos College, Methodist Ladies College, Sacred Heart College, Iren McCormack College, Armadale Senior High School, Kelmscott High School, South Coast Baptist College, Sir Joseph Banks High School, Comet Bay College, Cecil Andrews Senior High School, Bubnury Cathedral Grammar, Como Secondary College, Mirrabooka Senior High School.

A total of over 35 western Australian high schools have participated in the program.

I was also privileged to be part of the judging panel for the internal pitch off semi-finals for over 25  individual school team presentations held at Curtin University on the 25 and 26 June leading to a Gala final in late July 2016.

The concepts, ideas and resultant Apps emerging from this age demographic are stunning in their freshness, currency and inventiveness.

These young adults are a siren call and a reality check for us – Adults who are running busy lives and perhaps are not able to focus on emerging short, medium and long term community and commercial issues.