Events and outreach - School of Food and Advanced Technology

Public events


Massey University's engineering students will display their 3rd year projects in the "Innovations in Science" series at the Palmerston North City Library on 29 November. The event is open to the general public.


Massey lecturer Sunil Lai spoke at the nationwide 2018 Techweek event on the Brain Computer Interface. Brain Computer Interface (BCI) allows humans to interact with machines via thoughts.


Tech Simple is a free lecture series that brings Massey experts to you to explain some of the new technology in our world.

Upcoming talks are to be confirmed.

Engineering week

Massey University engineering staff participated in the Week of Engineering expos held in August in Auckland and Wellington.

There is so much interest in engineering! We spoke to people of all ages including prospective students, their influencers and the members from the industry. We had many interactive projects on display that kept the attendees and our staff busy right up until the last minute the Expo was open!

School events


  • WiFi workshops - In July a group of year 10-13 New Plymouth Boys' High School students engaged in a four-day workshop where they designed wireless networks. Massey staff and students visited Napier Boys High School in August to deliver a one-day workshop on wireless communications.
  • Chocolate Moulding and Brain Computer Interface workshops - A group of Ross Intermediate students participated in these workshops in June.
  • Augmented reality – As part of Agriweek, school students took part in an augmented reality (AR) experience using Microsoft’s HoloLens headset, enabling them to interact with an energy drink plant. A group of students from Chanel College also participated in these workshops in September 2018
  • Water quality testing - Massey engineering staff are working with the Pūhoro STEM Academy group in a mechanics lab to help them with end of year external exams.
  • Fundamentals of the electric bicycle – Puhoro STEM Academy students are also having a session working with our staff to explore the fundamentals and design of the electric bicycle.
  • Electronics, biochemical engineering and product development - a group of students from Wanganui Collegiate attended a 2-day on-campus workshop at Massey, where they were engaged in experiments relating to electronics and biochemical engineering, and product development.
  • Experiencing Virtual Reality – A group of students from Russell Street School attended a workshop on Holo Lens Headset at Massey in August

  • Engineering lab tours – More than 40 year 12 and year 13 students from Woodford House (Hawkes Bay) toured the engineering labs in August 2018. The incoming students have prior interests in STEM courses. The winners of the Manawatu Science and Technology Fair will be on campus on 8 Oct to have a tour of the Engineering labs.
  • Mechatronics, image processing and chemical engineering: A group of students from Feilding High School and Nga Tawa Diocesan School attended a day long event on the Manawatū campus. The students participated in hands-on workshops related to Mechatronics, Image Processing and Chemical Engineering on 26 September.
  • Hackathon: A team of Massey engineers is visiting Chanel College to participate in the college's Hackathon. Massey will challenge the participants into solving engineering problems at the event.
  • Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering: - 18 students from eight different schools in Manawatū, Taranaki and Hawkes Bay attended the Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering Day. Participants learnt about problem solving by building spaghetti towers, exploring the science behind chocolate moulding, how we treat drinking water and visited Fonterra Research and Development Centre. - Massey Engineering staff talked to 24 students from Palmerston North Girls' High School about Chemical Engineering in Oct 2018. One of Massey's PhD students shared her work and why she chose chemical engineering.
  • Project exhibition: Students from Pahiatua School attended a project exhibition held at Massey, which displayed five 3rd year projects related to Engineering Design with Constraints.
  • Two day camp: Fielding High School is bringing 120 students to Massey for a 2-day hands-on camp (19 and 20 Nov 2018). The students will learn how we clean drinking water, apply rotary moulding to make a chocolate product and use virtual reality to learn about how we process foods.


  • Introduction to HoloLens Headset (90min). Experiencing virtual reality on a production plant
  • Brain Computer Interface (120min). Hands-on activity that involves controlling objects only using only the brain
  • Chocolate Moulding Lab (120min). Understanding the chemical principles behind moulding chocolate
  • Introduction to image processing (30min) Brief tutorial on how the digital camera works
  • Spot the difference contest (30 min) Participants compete in a 'spot-the-difference' game and learn about how limited our visual perception actually is.
  • Water Quality Testing (90 min) Measuring turbidity (loss in transparency due to suspended particles)
  • Mechatronics Workshop (75 min) Laser cutting, 3D printing and scanning
  • Capturing traffic over the internet (60 min) Hands-on testing on routes, IP addresses and live packet capture
  • Photoshop tutorial (60min) The participants will create a composition in Photoshop and learn about lighting and colour
  • Clean up water lab (30min) Learn how we clean up water and make it safe to drink.

Massey Engineering Roadshow

Massey University’s School of Engineering (Albany) is bringing the Engineering Roadshow event to Auckland High Schools. The Roadshow is a mobile showcase of various projects covering all of our engineering degrees and consists of a lecturer, undergraduates and PhD Students. The Roadshow Team brings robots and other interesting projects that have been undertaken by our students. The event is visual and engaging and enables the students to get a sound understanding of what engineers do and what aspiring engineers need to study. Here is what school careers staff are saying about the roadshow:

“It was wonderful.  To have the team come here made it very easy"

"So important for students to see the variety within engineering - they have no idea, until they have presentations like the Massey Engineering Mobile Roadshow, to enlighten them!”


We come to you.

Typically, the school library, large classroom or auditorium are suitable as long as there is space to accommodate the students attending and there is an area for the project displays. We normally allow 45 minutes for a session, which includes time for the students to get a closer look at the robots and projects as well as a chance to talk to the team.


Please contact Dianne Cook if this would be of interest to your school and we will endeavour to meet your requirements.

Past Roadshow Events

  1. Orewa College: July 23, 2018. Approximately 160 Year12-13 students in three sessions.
  2. Pakuranga College: July 25, 2018. Approximately 40 Year12-13 students in one session.
  3. Auckland Grammar School: August 2, 2018. Approximately 30 Year12-13 students in one session.
  4. Pinehurst School: August 9, 2018. Approximately 30 Year12-13 students in one session and approximately 30 Year8-10 students in second session.
  5. Westlake Boys’ High School: August 13, 2018. Approximately 30 Year13 students in one session.

Upcoming Roadshows

  1. Pinehurst School: August 9, 2018
  2. Westlake Boys’ High School: August 13, 2018
  3. Westlake Girls’ High School: August 24, 2018
  4. Albany Senior High School: August 28, 2018
  5. Kingsway School: September 05, 2018
  6. Rosmini College: September 19, 2018
  7. Hobsonville Point Secondary School: September 21, 2018
  8. Whangaparaoa College: August 23, 2018
  9. Rosmini College: Date & Time TBA
  10. Northcote College: Date & Time TBA
  11. Whangarei Boys’ High School: Date & Time TBA
  12. Whangarei Girls’ High School: Date & Time TBA
  13. Long Bay College : Date & Time TBA
  14. Northcote College: Date & Time TBA

Several other high schools have contacted the team to register their interest.

Visiting the Massey Albany campus

The two-hour visit enables the students to get a sound understanding of what engineers do and what aspiring engineers need to study. The students gets hands on experience with using CAD software, making their own PCBs, programming mobile robots, and learning about 3D printing and manufacturing. We can accommodate 10-40 students in one visit.

Please contact Dianne Cook ( if this would be of interest to your school and we will endeavour to meet your requirements.

Past Visits

  1. February 14, 2018, year 9, Kristin School. 26 students had a fun interactive tour on 3D printing at our Engineering school in Albany.
  2. April 11, 2018, year 12-13, 4 schools. 45 students visited the Albany engineering school as part of the National Biomechanics Day. They enjoyed hands on experience with using CAD software and programming mobile robots
  3. June 7, 2018, year 13, 10 schools.  31 students visited the School of Engineering in Albany campus for a STEM Workshop. They had fun using CAD software, making their own PCBs and programming mobile robots.
  4. August 7, 2018, Year 12-13, Westlake Girls’ High School. 22 students visited the engineering school in Albany campus for an interactive tour on 3D printing.

Upcoming Visits

  1. August 16, 2018, ACG Sunderland, year 13. STEM Workshop.

A few other visits to the Albany campus are in the pipeline and the details will be announced soon.

Working with Pūhoro Students interested in Engineering

We have been working with Year 13 Pūhoro Stem Academy students interested in engineering across three terms on a different project each term related to a theme of “Sustaining our society”.

Students worked on “Waste Not Want Not” turning household rubbish into a new product, “Riding with the Sun” designing a solar array for charging e-bikes, and “The Production of Milk”, looking at the difference between small and large scale food production. Students came to Massey and build toy solar car using recycled plastics, rode and tested e-bikes and made chocolate milk on the bench top and then in the MIFST Pilot Plant. These students might be the engineers and technologists of our future.

Massey engineering students working with school children
Massey engineering students working with school children

School visits

16 July 2018: Two Massey students, Sarah Childs and Ben Lewis, went to Buller High School (Westport, South Island) to help the school’s robotics teams who are participating in the national stage of RoboCup Junior 2018 competition. Sarah and Ben gave valuable feedback to the school students on their projects during their overnight visit, which was fully funded by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). Their Facebook page:


Our Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) engagement programme provide activities and learning to underline student curriculum at NCEA Level 1 to 3. Find out more by contacting us below

Research seminars

Current research within the school is presented through a series of research seminars.

Topics include computer science and information technology, electronic and information communications as well as industrial management and innovation.

Resources for schools

We offer posters and a video which outline careers in engineering and some of the exciting things international and New Zealand engineers have been involved in creating. These are free resources which you can download below.

Engineering infographic

Print version

Infographic - engineering.pdf (716 KB)

Career pathway infographic engineering

Print version

Career pathway - engineering.pdf (696 KB)

Massey Contact Centre Mon - Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm 0800 MASSEY (+64 6 350 5701) TXT 5222 Web chat Staff Alumni News Māori @ Massey