Secondary-Tertiary Pathways Project

Engineering e2e is funding six Secondary-Tertiary Pathways Project (STPP) programmes. Ara, NorthTec, Otago Polytechnic, Wintec, WITT and Unitec are working in partnership with local secondary schools to deliver programmes which will prepare and pathway students to enrol in and successfully complete tertiary engineering study.

Growing relationships with Māori learners

29 October 2018

Ara has made a particular effort this year to grow relationships with Māori learners and it’s paid off. Students have taken engineering courses and, as a result of collaboration with teachers, are being offered the opportunity to enrol in a new Engineering-IT course in 2019.
Growing relationships with Māori learners 

Researching girls’ attitudes to engineering

31 July 2018

This year, Otago Polytechnic has been focusing on engaging girls with engineering, and is running a research project aimed at finding out how best to promote engineering to them. Researchers will conduct surveys and focus groups to find out about girls’ awareness and perceptions of engineering, whether the type of school they attend influences this, and potential barriers to engineering study.
Researching girls' attitudes to engineering

Integrated Engineering programme continues into third year

6 July 2018

Wintec’s Integrated Engineering programme for Year 12/13 students is now into its third year – course content is similar to last year, although the STPP team is looking to add a design thinking component.  While the team had planned to offer a series of engineering taster days, they decided against this due to the limited impact this model has on student engagement.
Integrated Engineering programme continues into third year

Collaborating with local school to engage girls with engineering

28 June 2018

The Queen’s High School Year 10 cohort had attended last year’s pilot Year 9 programme at Otago Polytechnic. They returned this year to work on a physics assignment in an engineering context and to learn more about engineering study and career pathways.
Collaborating with local school to engage girls with engineering

Engineering Fundamentals provides head start into engineering study

26 June 2018

WITT’s Year 13 Engineering Fundamentals programme is well into its second year. Students are enthusiastic about the opportunity to find out if engineering is for them, while the STPP team views it as a model that will continue into the future as a feeder into WITT's NZDE programme.
Engineering Fundamentals provides head start into engineering study

Working with schools and industry to develop block courses

22 June 2018

Unitec has replaced last year’s Year 12 three-term programme with five three-day block courses aimed at Year 9 – 12 students. Engineering tutors, teachers and industry representatives have collaborated in developing each course – all of which focus on an industry visit and related project. 
Working with schools and industry to develop block courses

Reaching more students through block courses

3 June 2018

While Ara continues to deliver a four-term Year 12/13 Electrotechnology programme, it has introduced block courses in order to reach more students and cover a wider range of engineering knowledge and skills. In order to create a sustainable model for the programme, Ara is looking at co-teaching with secondary school teachers in the future.

Reaching more students through block courses

Growing relationships with schools and industry

1 June 2018

This year, NorthTec launched a Year 13 programme in which students can achieve the NZDE Engineering Fundamentals paper and NCEA credits. The STPP team is also focused on growing relationships with schools and local engineering employers.

Growing relationships with schools and industry

What we’ve learnt

15 April 2018

With the Secondary-Tertiary Partnership Project (STPP) well underway, we asked project managers what they’ve learnt from the experience so far.

Our latest case study looks at the common challenges they faced – building relationships with schools and engaging teachers; timing events and courses to fit with school calendars; attracting and retaining students in long-term courses; and reaching more female, Māori and Pasifika students – and the consequent changes they are making to their programmes.

What we've learnt: developing secondary-tertiary programmes

2018 project managers

9 February 2018

We’re pleased to welcome Melissa Kay back from long-term sick leave. Melissa is currently on a graduated return-to-work plan on limited hours, with support from Kyle Hall and the rest of the WITT team.

Robyn Gandall joined the Unitec team as project manager in late 2017, and Jenny Baber is the new project manager at Wintec.

Although Mirko Wojnowski has left NorthTec, he continues his involvement with the STPP programme until the end of this month. We hope to confirm the new project manager very soon.

John Findlay and Pete Wilson at continue in their roles at Otago Polytechnic and Ara respectively.

Connecting students with engineering and industry

20 December 2017

In our last case study of the year, we look at Unitec’s Year 12 engineering programme. Plans for 2018 include redeveloping the programme as Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 block courses, involving school teachers in developing and delivering the courses, and linking to New Zealand Qualification Authority standards.


Engaging students with engineering-related activities

12 December 2017

Our latest case study looks at Otago Polytechnic initiatives to engage students with engineering. These include a pilot Year 9 programme aimed at inspiring students to continue taking STEM subjects, developing curriculum-related resources for schools and plans for a Year 12/13 engineering programme.


Reaching out to students, teachers and parents

22 November 2017

The NorthTec STPP team has focused on engaging students, teachers and parents with engineering. A screening of the film Dream Big followed by presentations from engineers had a big impact, with five students enrolling to study towards the NZDE after the event. The team is also planning a Year 13 course for 2018.


Design thinking for educators and students

21 November 2017

This case study looks at Wintec’s trial Design Thinking Challenge. The STPP team ran a professional development course for teachers from two schools. A week later the teachers supported a group of students to work together through the design thinking process to solve a problem.

Design thinking for educators and students

Providing opportunities and facilities

8 November 2017

With Year 12-13 Electrotechnology courses well under way, Ara Institute of Technology is looking at how to reach more students. This could include delivering modules, targeting younger students and co-teaching courses with teachers.
Providing opportunities and facilities

Giving students a taste of engineering

13 October 2017

Our latest case study covers WITT’s new engineering taster course, which ran one day a week for four weeks. The group of mostly female students designed and manufactured fidget spinners, and visited a local company to see their manufacturing technology processes in action.


Making links and developing resources

25 September 2017

Otago Polytechnic is developing resources for teaching maths and science within an engineering context, while also building links with schools and industry. This case study looks at trialling resources, an Engineering Technologies Information Day and plans for 2018.


Promoting the local option

13 July 2017

In this case study, we look at WITT’s Year 13 Engineering Fundamentals course, in which students can gain credits towards NCEA and the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering. WITT is also planning events and presentations aimed at engaging Year 10 to 12 students with engineering, and working on maker closer links with teachers.


Building relationships

30 June 2017

NorthTec is focusing on building relationships with schools and promoting the versatility of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering. Our new case study looks at how they are raising awareness of engineering careers and pathways, and their plans for a Year 13 course in 2018.



Engaging students with engineering

31 May 2017

Our latest case study looks at Unitec’s Year 12 engineering course and the ripple effect it has created. Students are learning how maths and physics are applied in engineering, and that there are good jobs available in industry for engineering graduates. Tutors and teachers are learning from each other, and members of the wider community are interested to see where the programme could lead their young people.


STPP progress

26 May 2017

STPPs have been reporting on their progress and they’re all off to a good start.

NorthTec has been building relationships across industry and 15 schools in Northland. 70 students attended an Introduction to Engineering workshops during Term 1. Feedback indicates that they now have more understanding of what’s involved in engineering study, with 70% of the girls agreeing that it seems doable.

Unitec staff and secondary teachers are team teaching various Unitec learning areas to students from six schools, with the initiative showing benefits for students, secondary and tertiary teachers, and employers. Students, teachers and engineering staff have joined a Facebook group where they can share information, comments and queries.

Ara’s programmes are running well, and tutor Pete Wilson maintains links with the schools involved. He is looking at tweaking the programme so that he can support teachers at some schools to offer Electrotechnology, in addition to delivering the content for other schools.

Otago Polytechnic is planning two programmes for Otago Boys’ High School. Year 11 students will be introduced to a project-based approach to Maths and Science, and Year 12 students who are not in the top stream for those subjects will work on a programme which will allow them to meet the entry criteria for engineering study. A programme for Kaikorai Valley College is also being prepared.

WITT engineering tutor Kyle Hall has responsibility for the programme while project manager Melissa Kay is on long-term sick leave. The Year 13 students are well on the way to completing the Engineering Fundamentals course which is part of the NZDE.

Wintec business development advisor Emily Allison is now taking responsibility for the Engineering e2e programme. Her team is currently developing a holiday programme to offer professional development to secondary school teachers, with a focus on design thinking.

Case studies about the STPP programmes

19 May 2017