With support and mentorship from the Australian Maritime College, Tasmanian students have been able to participate in the SUBS in School contest for the very first time.
Run by the Re-Engineering Australia Foundation in partnership with government and industry, SUBS in Schools is a high-level STEM project where students have the opportunity to build a submarine within a small team.
In addition to the project's STEM focus, skills such as communication, collaboration, presentation, teamwork and, entrepreneurship also underline the pedagogy of the competition.
Australian Maritime College principal Michael van Balen AO said the program was unique in that it allowed a range of different skills to be developed.
"It's not just the finer technical elements, it's the broader project management skills they have to develop, they have to get sponsorship for the project so it's all-encompassing," he said.
"So if you're not good at building something, you might be good at engaging with industry to gain sponsorship or you might be a good program manager. So it tests them across the spectrum."
John Calvin School STEM teacher Larry Huizinga said students had embraced the opportunity to extend their learning beyond the confines of the classroom and said he was thrilled that the competition was now being offered in Tasmania.
"With the AMC providing sponsorship and mentorship it was a no-brainer that we get involved," Mr Huizinga said.
The winning team from this week's state finals will be invited to the national competition, due to be held in Tasmania in 2022.
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