Girls get into engineering at Ayrshire College

Girls get into engineering at Ayrshire College

Female S2 pupils from across Ayrshire came together at Ayrshire College’s Ayr Campus on Monday 18 June for a ‘Girls Into Engineering’ taster day organised by the College and SmartSTEMS and supported by EDF Energy.

200 pupils attended the event, which was part of the College’s This Ayrshire Girl Can campaign and was delivered ahead of International Women into Engineering Day (23 June), in partnership with SmartSTEMS, a Scottish charitable organisation which seeks to encourage more diversity in STEM.

Katie Waddell, a Mechanical Engineer at Thales, delivered an impressive presentation to start the event. Katie started her studies at Ayrshire College and spoke to the group about what interested her in engineering and how she worked towards her dream career.

The school groups then split up to attend three workshops throughout the day. There were 16 different workshops delivered by Ayrshire College staff and partner agencies, including aeronautical engineering, computer coding and augmented reality sessions.

The activities were delivered by Ayrshire College, the Forestry Commission, JP Morgan, Police Scotland, the Royal Navy, Seric Systems and Skylab. Pupils also interacted with exhibitors at the event.

Ayrshire College vice principal, Jackie Galbraith said “Our This Ayrshire Girl Can campaign helps girls and women to learn about and try out exciting learning and career opportunities in areas like digital technologies, science and engineering. Working with organisations like SmartSTEMs enables us to tap into a wide range of expertise in these areas.”

Stuart Macdonald of SmartSTEMs said “We are delighted to pull together many wonderful industry partners and scores of generous volunteers to deliver this great event for these young girls. Proud to be playing our part in making Scotland a great place to discover and pursue STEM careers.”

EDF Energy, which operates Hunterston B power station in West Kilbride, is the headline sponsor of SmartSTEMs, and with their support SmartSTEMs will reach more than 5,000 girls across Scotland this year.

Colin Weir, Station Director at Hunterston B power station, said “At the moment only one in four people working in core STEM industries in Scotland is a woman but we are committed to changing that through partnerships and campaigns like SmartSTEMs and This Ayrshire Girl Can, as well as our own Pretty Curious programme. We hope events like the one at Ayrshire College will inspire more girls to consider pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering or maths.”

21 June 2018

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