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16 February 2018

Hundreds to attend Wiltshire College event designed to inspire the next generation of female engineers

Wiltshire College is gearing up to welcome more than 270 pupils to an event designed to inspire the next generation of female engineers.

Women in Engineering will take place at the Chippenham campus on Friday 23rd February and following last year’s success has doubled the numbers of those attending.

A total of 277 Year 10 pupils from across Wiltshire including Chippenham, Warminster, Salisbury, Trowbridge, Frome, Bradford on Avon and Swindon, will take part in activities spread across three zones to learn about the wealth of careers available in engineering.

Wiltshire College Principal Amanda Burnside said: “We are delighted to be hosting Women in Engineering again after last year, which proved so successful.

“We need to make young people aware of the incredible careers in engineering and there are some fantastic local and national companies attending and universities that will help to showcase the vast opportunities out there.”

All the favourite activities from last year such as flying paper planes, programming robots, drawing through virtual reality and navigating spacecraft are returning but new activities such as creating wind turbines, cosmetic products, virtual welding and ping pong and forensics are certain to prove a hit.

Qinetiq, which has partnered with the College to help share expertise and boost engineering skills across the region, will also be attending and demonstrating what happens to marshmallows and balloons in space!

Throughout the day, pupils will be able to talk to the experts from universities and organisations including  the Army, Royal Air Force, M J Church, Airbus, Avon Rubber plc and Network Rail and Wiltshire College about the different jobs and careers available.

The event will begin with a talk from guest speaker Alessandra Scholl Sternberg, a System’s Engineers for Siemens Rail Automation Holdings Limited.

The 23-year-old said: “I am really looking forward to this event and inspiring students to make a good choice for their future careers.

“I hope to dispel any misconceptions about being a woman in the industry through talking about my own journey and career.”

 

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