Future Engineers

When you hear ‘engineering’ most of us think of buildings and men in hard hats, but there is a lot more to engineering than that – and you don’t have to be a man either!

On the 22nd June, a group of Applemore girls went to Winchester Science Centre to participate in the National Women in Engineering Day activities.

The aim of the event was to celebrate the work that women do in engineering, and to showcase the great engineering careers that are available to girls.

Year 9 Applemore College student, Bethany Nugus, explained what happened in the morning – “We all entered the planetarium to be introduced to the task of the day – Marble Runs.

We got into our groups and started to construct our marble run. Each group was given a height restriction to work to, so all the marble runs would join together as one piece at the end. Throughout the activity, judges were coming in and marking our teamwork and success. Our marble run actually worked!”

Students Leah Ball, Victoria Stone, Lauren Goss and Charlotte Broad talking to a STEM Ambassador about their role as a woman engineer.
Students Leah Ball, Victoria Stone, Lauren Goss and Charlotte Broad talking to a STEM Ambassador about their role as a woman engineer.

The girls then had the opportunity to meet STEM ambassadors (women engineers who work in industry) to talk through their job roles and what they involve, opening the students’ eyes to career possibilities in the future.

Lucy, another Applemore student, reviewed the day by saying “we had a great time and expanded our knowledge of the world of engineering”.