Women into Engineering

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Over 140 primary students from across Staffordshire and Derbyshire, including pupils from Green Lea First School in Milwich, went to The JCB Academy last week to participate in a variety of fun, informative and interactive challenges as part of their annual ‘Women into Engineering’ event.

The event is part of an initiative to encourage more women to take up careers in engineering. Pete Caine, Marketing and PR Manager at The JCB Academy, said,

“The event gives us a great opportunity to explain what engineering is and the wide range of careers available in a fun and interactive way”.

The event consists of an informative session followed by interactive and fun engineering based challenges including the Egg Crash and Build a Crane. The firm favourite seems to be the Egg Crash, where the girls customise a pre-built cart using a range of craft material with the intention of protecting the enclosed egg.

The cart is then rolled down a ramp into a fixed panel. Year 12 student, Caitlin Foy from The JCB Academy who helped out on the day said

“Having spent 30 minutes designing their protective cart, the girls get very anxious when their cart is suspended at the top of the ramp ready for the drop. The atmosphere is fantastic.”

The event is facilitated by students from The JCB Academy and some of the Academy’s corporate partners from Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motors, Network Rail, Derby University, JCB and The Institute of Engineering and Technology who were also on hand to help the girls.

Georgie Langley who helped out on the day, a former student of The JCB Academy and now an apprentice at Bentley Motors said

“It was a thoroughly inspiring and enjoyable day getting the girls to give more thought into an engineering career”.

If you would like to know more about engineering or The JCB Academy then you can register for their open day on 8th October at www.jcbacademy.com