Developing a national design competition through collaborative partnerships

Bullen, Frank and Webb, Elizabeth and Brodie, Lyn (2007) Developing a national design competition through collaborative partnerships. In: ConnectED 2007: International Conference on Design Education, 9-12 July 2007, Sydney, Australia.


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The use of competitive design work embedded in first
year engineering experiences (FYEEs) has been
demonstrated to be an excellent learning and teaching tool. A well structured design competition enhances the FYEE and
improves retention and graduation rates while also providing
an excellent vehicle for developing many of the graduate
attributes espoused as desirable by employers and
accreditation bodies such as Engineers Australia and ABET.
An opportunity was seen to exist in Australia to develop a
national design competition – a possibility due to relative
small number of universities and the national professional
and accreditation role played by Engineers Australia. It was
essential that any competition would meet all relevant
learning and teaching criteria, be attractive to all universities
and students and could be sustained into the future. The
paper describes the development of a collaborative
partnership between the Australian Council of Engineering
Deans, the Australasian Association of Engineering
Education, Engineers Australia, Engineers Without Borders,
Australia (EWB) and Thiess. The competition was largely
developed by EWB and is based on a real-life project, which
enables engineering design teams to explore sustainable
development and provide design solutions that will be judged
by profession engineers. EWB has assumed the role of
national coordinator of the competition that is now termed
“The EWB Challenge”. The competition should grow to
become the design base for many engineering programs in

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information (displayed to public): Made live 9/1/2008 when no response recvd to copyright permission inquiry.
Depositing User: Ms Lyn Brodie
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:19
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2015 05:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: Project Based Learning, PBL, engineering design, sustainable development, higher education research
Fields of Research (FoR): 09 Engineering > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering > 091503 Engineering Practice
09 Engineering > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering > 091599 Interdisciplinary Engineering not elsewhere classified

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