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High School Students attend Hands-on at Otago Snack with the National School of Surveying

Friday 17 January 2020 4:39pm

Hands on Otago Surveying Snack students experience our interactive sand table image
Hands on Otago Surveying Snack students experience our interactive sand table.

The National School of Surveying hosted a Surveying “snack” attended by 2 groups of keen secondary school students this Tuesday and Wednesday. The students are taking part in Hands-On Otago, a yearly programme where students visit Otago for a week to interact with our researchers, learn about their discoveries, and to encourage them to consider future tertiary study. The afternoon snacks allow students to have a small taste of a variety of research activities, both on and off campus, during the afternoon programme.

Hands on Otago Surveying Snack students talk dredging with Emily Tidey image
Hands on Otago Surveying Snack students talk dredging with Emily Tidey.

Hands on Otago Surveying Snack students helped by Jessie Scurr image
Hands on Otago Surveying Snack students helped by Jessie Scurr.

For our snack, the students travelled to the wharf at the mouth of Otago Harbour to learn about hydrographic surveying, nautical charts and dredging with lecturer Emily Tidey. The students then returned to the School of Surveying to complete a resection using a total station with professional practise fellow Richard Hemi. The day concluded with a GIS exercise run by professional practice fellow Aubrey Miller, exploring the steepness of Baldwin St – a very topical issue for surveyors. Students were assisted by some of our 300 and 400-level students and our technicians.

Great fun was had by all!

Visit the Hands-On at Otago website for more information

Enjoy the latest University of Otago Surveying video (including commentary how to measure steep streets)

Hands on Otago Surveying Snack students using total stations image
Hands on Otago Surveying Snack students using total stations.