2 July 2017
The Kingsley School celebrated International Women in Engineering Day (23rd June) with girls in Year 7 and 8 enjoying a fun, hands-on workshop led by young female engineers from Warwick University School of Engineering. Through various activities, the girls learnt about valuable engineering skills, including problem-solving, teamwork and thinking creatively. One girl said, “Engineers help fix things and solve problems to make the world better.”
The pupils discovered that compared to the rest of Europe, the UK has the lowest proportion of female engineers – just 9%. Research shows that children’s career choices can be fixed by gender from as young as 4 years old.
Careers Coordinator, Sarah Bennett, said, “At Kingsley we explore gender stereotyping and promote strong female role models from an early age, as well as tackling misconceptions about roles. We are launching a new STEM club in the Prep School next year, with the finishing touches happening to our exciting new Innovation Station. We aim to stimulate and inform our pupils with inspirational speakers and workshops to encourage their passions regarding all STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) career opportunities, and are proud supporters of the INWED campaign.”
International Women in Engineering Day is now an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the career opportunities available to girls in the industry. It takes place annually on 23 June.