Budding Engineers at Skipton Girls High School – National Women in Engineering Day

As part of a series of events across the country to celebrate National Women in Engineering Day, we teamed up with JBA Trust to host an afternoon of water engineering workshops at Skipton Girls High School, with the help of the Environment Agency(EA) on the 23 June.

The students were involved in a range of activities which included the wave tank, hydraulic flume, demonstration of the ForeCoast Marine® app and also an interactive sandbox, supplied by Lancaster University. These demonstrated how engineering solutions help reduce flood risk from rivers and the sea, and the role of weather and sea conditions in forecasting for offshore windfarms.  The students also had the opportunity to talk informally with staff about working in the engineering sector and obtained advice on engineering careers.

What did people think?

Year 10 student, Poppy Johnston said “It inspired me to look in to engineering as a future career, as I didn’t realise how many jobs included aspects of engineering”

Head of Climate Change, Rachel Brisley commented ‘It was inspiring to see such enthusiasm for engineering amongst the students and be able to share our own experience and enthusiasm with them. There are amazing opportunities available in the engineering industry and we hope our visit encouraged more students to seek out careers in engineering”

With just 9% of UK engineers being female, the National Women in Engineering Day is dedicated to raising the profile and celebrating the achievements of women in engineering and promoting the opportunities that the sector provides to young women.

Skipton Girls High School (SGHS) Headteacher said ‘Our overarching goal at SGHS is to prepare our young women with skills for life and experiences of real world learning. Days like today are so important and we are grateful to the JBA Trust for providing such rich and fascinating learning opportunities and inspiring professional role models.’

Want to find out more?

For more information please contact Rachel Brisley or Alexandra Scott.

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