Girls Get to Experience the Engineering Industry
Students from Stamford High School recently took part in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) day, aimed at extending the girls’ understanding of engineering and promoting potential career paths for women within the industry.
Organised and led by members of the School’s Design Technology department, the event saw girls in Years 7-10 work with professionals in workshops and events throughout the day. Selected students from Year 9 worked with engineers from Smallpiece Trust designing, modelling and testing wind turbines in the morning, and a crash-proof vehicle in the afternoon. Cummins Generators brought an interactive display in which the students enthusiastically took turns in generating sufficient electricity to power the lights of a model city by pedalling a bicycle.
As well as Cummins Generators, other leading national and international companies, including Atkins Global, Royal Haskoning and CH2M Hill offered activities including a successful tower building competition for all Year 7-10 girls using nothing more than spaghetti and marshmallows.
Old Girl Olivia Chandler – who was awarded a scholarship by the Arkwright Trust for her GCSE DT coursework – attended the event to talk to Year 10 students about her experience at University and of studying DT, Physics and Maths at A-Level. Olivia now studies Industrial Design and Technology at Brunel University, and brought examples of her degree work to inspire the pupils..
The event also showcased current students’ AS and A-Level Product Design projects, and there were demonstrations of the department’s two 3D printers. DT Teacher, Caroline Boyfield, said “The event was a great success enjoyed by students across SHS, and it should certainly be repeated in the future. Thanks to all who took part!”