The In Schools programme is one of EWBNZ's key Learning and Change programmes, and involves teaching students about international development and engineering in a fun, accessible, and interactive way. Lessons are taught by trained EWBNZ volunteers, predominantly engineering students and professionals. EWBNZ works closely in many regions with FutureInTech to deliver this programme. The programme has been very successful in helping young students understand their future opportunities in science and engineering fields.
To build awareness of engineering in an international development context, we present interactive lessons and activities to explore the role of engineering in sustainability, environmental management, and human development. We aim to encourage young people to be involved in engineering, science and international development, and develop their knowledge of how we can assist communities in New Zealand and abroad.
Clean Water for Life is an example of one of our school outreach programmes and has been taught at secondary schools in Auckland, Palmerston North, Wellington, and Christchurch. The programme is designed for Year 9 and 10 Science or Social Science classes, and takes place over two one-hour lessons. The first lesson gives a broad overview of engineering, international development, and the challenges and opportunities in working with developing communities. This is followed by a hands-on activity in the second lesson, where students work in teams to build and test a simple water filter. The activity directly reflects what they have learnt in the previous lesson and is a fun and engaging way to learn about the practicalities of engineering in less-developed regions. The Clean Water for Life programme has also been adapted for use in intermediate schools, community groups and universities.
If you would like to get involved in the programme as a volunteer, or are interested in EWBNZ visiting your school, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.