Burgess Hill School for Girls’ student awarded prestigious scholarship

GSA girls are happily oblivious to ‘gender bias’ in STEM subjects, as Charlotte Gilmore demonstrates. She has been awarded a prestigious Scholarship from the Institute of Mechanical Engineering. Charlotte has won an Undergraduate Scholarship which will contribute £2,000 per year towards her Engineering Degree at the University of Bath.

The Scholarship was presented to just 16 of the UK’s top engineering students at a ceremony at the Institute’s London HQ at the start of October 2014.

Charlotte left Burgess Hill School for Girls in July 2014 having gained outstanding A Level results; A* grades in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics at A Level as well as an A grade in AS Level Further Mathematics. She also achieved an A* in her Extended Project Qualification which was based on technology in Formula One Racing. In this project she investigated the science behind aerodynamics and its key components, the history of aerodynamics and the new innovations that have been created for the 2014 Formula One season following the introduction of new regulations.

Charlotte joined Burgess Hill School for Girls having completed her GCSE qualifications at Chailey Secondary School.

Charlotte began her engineering journey in the Lower Sixth when she took part in the excellent ‘Engineering Education Scheme’ which involved a team of students working with a link engineer from Photek Limited. The project encompassed the writing of codes to control the movement of a robotic scanner used for scanning the surfaces of photomultiplier tubes to detect defects in the products. Charlotte was the team leader and the group was required to write the code, produce a full report of the project and give a presentation in front of a board of professionals. Charlotte gained a Gold CREST Award for her work in this project.

In the final term of the Lower Sixth, Charlotte took part in the Nuffield Research Project where she visited Omeg Limited in East Grinstead. Her project involved manufacturing a 5cc 2-stroke diesel engine in the workshop, where Charlotte developed her practical skills using both manual and CNC machines. She completed a four week placement during the summer as well as producing a written report and developed a presentation stand. Charlotte was awarded an incredible second Gold CREST Award for this project.

In today’s world, it is clear that girls, in particular, need to be inspired and educated about their interests in STEM. The role of women in the workplace and their contribution to the workplace needs to be encouraged and celebrated, particularly as technology is present in every aspect of daily life.

It is essential that girls have the opportunity to get involved, to immerse themselves in a whole host of STEM pursuits, to be engaged and above all to have fun. At Burgess Hill School for Girls, these opportunities are one of the many on offer where stereotyping is not on the agenda. Our students are given many occasions to take risks, face challenges and achieve success throughout all ages from the Infants and Juniors up to and including the Sixth Formers. Charlotte is indeed an excellent role model.

Charlotte said, “I’m absolutely delighted to have been awarded a Scholarship by the IMechE; it feels fantastic to have been recognised by such a prestigious institution and I am very grateful for the support throughout my university studies. I am grateful to Burgess Hill School for the invaluable advice and encouragement they have given me both whilst at school and throughout the application process.

Mrs Kathryn Bell, Headmistress, said, “We are exceptionally proud of Charlotte’s achievements. She is a girl that has not only worked very hard but has embraced all opportunities offered at this exceptional school.

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