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Expo innovation award for young South Australians

 An innovative environmental protection project has won a prestigious award for local high school students. The project, developed with guidance and support from BAE Systems, was presented at the Concept2Creation (C2C) Expo on 9th November 2011.

As an ambassador of C2C, BAE Systems challenged students, from Valley View High School, Adelaide to create a robot vehicle to monitor the health of wetlands by directing it to a specific location to do water sampling.

The students showcased their work on the Suburban Wetlands Acquisition and Telemetry (SWAT) project.  C2C is an industry-led initiative developed by the Northern Advanced Manufacturing Industry Group, of which BAE Systems is a member. 

The initiative encourages high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  

Over 500 high school students attend the Expo, the final stage of this year's C2C projects, which involve almost 3,000 students from 26 local schools.   

BAE Systems Director of Engineering Brian Gill said: “BAE Systems strongly supports C2C and we’re hopeful these students will become our future recruits.

“There’s a shortage of people with the right skills to work in defence, so we’re always on the lookout for bright young people with a keen interest in maths, science and engineering.”

BAE Systems also continues to support a C2C scholarship program. Now entering its fourth year, this program offers three scholarships a year to students entering tertiary courses aligned with the skills and needs of the defence industry.

As well as a grant of $4,500 for each year of study, the scholarships also provide paid work placement and a mentor to support recipients.