Inspiring Girls to choose Engineering

Aspiring engineers from a local school’s science club welcomed two visiting speakers this week.

Year 9 – 12 Science Club members of Dunottar Reigate School for Girls enjoyed talks from representatives of the Medical Engineering Resource Unit (MERU), a charity which makes bespoke equipment for disabled children.

The timing for these visits was apt, considering that a shortage of engineers has been recently publicised in the national news.  Women – half of a potential work pool – make the shortfall in a career that is currently dominated by men. Dunottar’s Aims High science club aims to stretch and challenge the students’ scientific knowledge.

Cara O’Sullivan, who is studying Industrial Design and Technology at Brunel University, is on a one year internship at MERU.  She encouraged the girls to think big as she showed them her extensive portfolio of projects.  The students were fascinated to learn that she has combined Art and Science to create amazing new ideas, which can then be engineered into new products to solve some of today’s problems.

The students also listened with rapt attention to engineer Tim Wilson as he explained his route into engineering.He gave the pupils an insight into his working day and shared his satisfaction from helping young children and their families overcome physical disabilities.

Parent Sean O’Shea, who attended the event, commented:  “Thanks to our two guest speakers, the girls have now gained further information into some of the wider career opportunities available through the sciences. They have seen how science does not have to work in isolation and that, when it is fused with art, design and engineering, amazing things can happen.”

What is the Mayor of London’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur?

Boris Johnson wants London to be recognised as a world leader in improving the environment, both locally and globally. He is realising this vision through big, bold improvement programmes and an ongoing determination to encourage all Londoners to get involved and work together. In 2012, Boris launched a competition for students to develop innovative ideas to help reduce London’s CO2 emissions by 60% before 2025.

Students can give a fresh perspective on the situation and help develop a solution to help London reach its carbon goals by 2025. London is at the centre of innovation for green technologies and with such a large proportion of the country’s population living or working there daily, the impact of a carbon reduction in the country’s capital city would have a greater effect on carbon emissions than anywhere else in the country.

 

As an ambassador for the prize I have had the chance to hear about loads of exciting innovative designs and I’ve realised that if you have a good idea there are so many opportunities out there to gain interest and support from people who can help make it a reality. After all, entrepreneurship does require passion and confidence but without funding it is difficult to get any idea off the ground. I even met Deborah Meaden and Boris!