As part of Michaelhouse’s efforts to develop the study and pursuit of engineering and science, this year the Balgowan school has introduced a hybrid syllabus to the junior blocks, where the core academic content will be covered and supplemented with a practical component.
“Engineering stimulates the mind. Kids get bored easily. They have got to get out and get their hands dirty; make things, dismantle things, fix things. When the schools can offer that, you’ll have an engineer for life.” So said Bruce Dickinson (famous rock singer, pilot and science enthusiast).
“The plan for 2020 has been formulated and we will start seeing the benefits in months and years to come,” the school said.
Bill Nye (the science guy), the American Science communicator and mechanical engineer, who made numerous appearances on the screen at Michaelhouse in the “old” Science Block on cold winter Saturday mornings, said, “There is nothing I believe more strongly than getting young people interested in science and engineering, for a better tomorrow, for all humankind.”
The senior Michaelhouse pupils study two major components of engineering – civil and mechanical engineering. “These are broad in their content with the purpose of exposing the pupils to a variety of concepts to enable and benefit them in all fields of engineering.
“Engineering has completely changed the world we live in; from the cars we drive to the homes we live in and the technologies we use every day. Almost everything we use around us has been thought out and produced by engineers and it is our pleasure in the Michaelhouse EGD department to offer a platform and inspiration to future engineers who will significantly contribute to society.”
*Copy provided by Michaelhouse’s Head of Engineering, Graphics and Design, Craig Pieterse (Rector’s E-News, July 22, 2020)