Girls Engineering the Future programme

Published on: 31 Oct 2013

GIRLS from Downend School have been chosen to take part in a new project to encourage more females to consider careers in engineering.

The school is one of 16 in the country taking part in the Girls Engineering the Future programme.

It started with a day to introduce the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – delivered by the Smallpeice Trust. The girls, aged 14 and 15, were set a creative challenge of building a new-generation loud speaker to use with a mobile phone or MP3 player.

This will be followed by the opportunity to take part in a weekly STEM club in which they will be mentored by female engineers from Rolls-Royce.

In the second year of the programme, the girls will be given careers advice and will be made aware of apprenticeships on offer.

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