St Mary's College students spend a week at Puckapunyal's Tobruk Barracks.By Alex Dwyer
St Mary’s College students Mikaelie Biedermann, 16, and Jack Spencer, 15, had what they described as an extremely enjoyable experience after spending a week at the Tobruk Barracks in Puckapunyal for work experience recently.
This past term, all Year 10 St Mary’s students were to contact a business or organisation of their choice to spend a week working.
They would gain an understanding and insight as to what different careers and jobs require and what goes on behind the scenes.
For their week of work experience, Mikaelie and Jack were required to use the application ‘‘VBS2’’ to create battle scenarios using a variety of items you could place, for example foliage, buildings, vehicles, soldiers etc.
They would then play as soldiers and conduct exercises, such as enter and drive vehicles and play ‘‘multiplayer’’ and interact online with others using the program. Essentially, these custom scenarios simulated battlefield conditions in which real soldiers could practice their roles.
‘‘I really enjoyed it because it was a good insight into the Army and how gaming can be used for battle simulations,’’ Mikaelie said.
‘‘It was really good to know what the Defence Force can actually do using technology. It probably took me a full day to understand the program,’’ Jack said.
‘‘Even if you’re not interested in joining the Defence Force or Army, I definitely recommend it to people who love technology and computers.’’
Both Jack and Mikaelie agreed that this was an experience they would recommend to all others.
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