South Australia hosts First National SUBS in Schools Final

Catherine Garrett

For the first time in its history the Australian Final of the innovative SUBS in Schools Technology Challenge has taken place outside of Sydney, in Adelaide.

Now in its 2nd year, SUBS in Schools is a unique STEM focussed program run by Re-Engineering Australia. The program is aimed at getting secondary students interested in the technology behind submarines and submersible vehicles but is open to primary school students as well.

Students get a chance to design and build their own craft and meet with representatives from industry and the higher education sector. 

Engineers Australia’s SA President Niki Robinson said South Australia is a huge supporter of the competition and local students were excited to be hosting the event at home.   

“Subs in Schools is all about giving our young people practical skills and getting them interested in engineering and the defence industry. To have made the National Final is a big deal.

“These students not only have put their maths and science expertise into practice through their sub designs and models, they have also had the opportunity to develop employability skills, such as project management, marketing and presentation skills - which is one of the program's ultimate goals.

“Judges will assess the teams on engineering CAD and manufacturing; engineering design process and project management; portfolio design, marketing and branding; and verbal presentations,” Mrs Robinson said.    

The program’s other practical side is getting students job ready. Skills including communication, collaboration and entrepreneurialism are fostered and all participants guided through new industries being developed from the Department of Defence’s Future Submarine Program.  

Across the two-day National Final, 12 teams of students, including one group of Primary School students aged only 11 from Prince Alfred College will test and present their submarines and ROVs. 

Major winners of  2016 Subs in Schools National Finals...

National Champions-Submarines

Aegir, Carlingford High School NSW

National Champions-ROV

Triton, Prince Alfred College

National Champions-Spacial Design

Syreni, St Peters Girls School, Adelaide

The youngest team and only primary school team - Triton - dominated the event, winning:best team portfolio, best graphic design, best team marketing, best manufactured, engineered and sea trial ROV.