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.”