Construct a straw bridge project
EngQuest, an initiative of Engineers Australia, is delivered FREE of charge to Australian schools, and, amazingly, had more than 40,000 students participate in 2012.
Lower primary, primary and middle years students work in teams, at their own pace, applying their problem-solving skills to designing, constructing and unravelling exciting engineering projects.
Dedicated EngQuest representatives are available to provide you with ongoing support throughout the program and you can also have contact with real engineers to help you with your projects (through the 'Ask an engineer' forum).
Registration is easy and you can even order a free EngQuest education pack consisting of:
an EngQuest brochure
a colourful classroom poster
a class set of stickers
a CD containing all the IWB interactives found on this website.
The EngQuest website has everything you need
This bright, fun and interactive website will provide you with everything you need to work through your EngQuest project.
Access to the following resources and projects is available as soon as you register:
Construct a catapult project
A choice of the following projects (some are only available for primary/middle years):
Rebuild a community
Construct a solar cooker
Construct a water wheel
Construct a catchment
Construct a catapult
Construct a lifting machine
Construct a pull-along toy
Construct a straw bridge
Construct a newspaper dome
Construct a model house
Publish a book
Easy-to-follow instructions, background information and accompanying cross-curricular lesson ideas and student activity sheets for each project.
Direct links to the Australian Curriculum Science and/or Mathematics learning areas where appropriate.
A gift and colourful merit certificate for every student who participates.
The 'Ask an engineer' forum that connects you and your students with real engineers who can assist you with your project.
A facility to request an engineer visit for your school (subject to availability).
Interactives ideal for use on IWBs and individual PCs.
A fun and colourful section of the website just for students.
Construct a catchment project
What teachers are saying about EngQuest...
Teachers who participated in EngQuest were surveyed and:
- 98% stated that EngQuest had helped their students achieve curriculum outcomes in maths, science and technology,
- 96% stated that the teacher background information and resources available were very useful,
- 90% stated they were likely to participate in EngQuest again in the future.
"EngQuest really got us thinking and had everyone actively involved at all times. Students simply collected recyclable materials for use in this project. Although there were a few sceptics at the beginning, our resulting simple machines surprised and amazed us all! What a great program!"
Kate Seyer, Ringwood North Primary School, VIC
"A challenging task that was something different and fun, and as one of my students said, 'This is cool; it's great we are not doing school work and the time goes really quickly.' How fantastic, school tasks that are considered fun by my students!!!"
Jacqueline Woodcock, Mabel Park State School, QLD
"From the moment my students were introduced to EngQuest, they were hooked. Many logged on to the website at home to watch the interactive home page and find out more about the challenge. The hands-on nature of the program has captured the students' imaginations. The different topics have provided a variety of choices for my students, making it appealing to both the boys and girls who were participating. Finally, this program has enabled the 'building of bridges' between students who normally find it difficult to work together - the process of planning, designing and implementing has facilitated some great lessons in cooperative learning."
Jane Bollum, Southern Highlands Christian School, NSW
Involve your students in EngQuest today. Registration is FREE and easy.
Simply click on the Teacher Entry button at the top of the page.