Women lead from the front at Sir Charles Kao UTC

News / Wed 24th Jun 2015 at 01:27pm

Women at Sir Charles KaoCURRENTLY, 6% of engineers in the United Kingdom are women[1] yet girls achieve better than or equal grades to boys at GCSE in most STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects[2].

Sir Charles Kao UTC, which offers Diploma’s in Engineering from aged 14, celebrated the day by hosting a variety of activities, including a panel of women engineers. Students also were quizzed on women engineers throughout history, including Amy Johnson, who was the first woman to fly solo between England and Australia and Stephanie Kwolek, the inventor of Kevlar. They were also provided with careers advice and guidance on entering the engineering industry.

The panel featured local engineering apprentice Paige Tennison, Selina Elmasry who was site manager for the Sir Charles Kao UTC build and Rossella Nicolin, Principal Engineer at AECOM and national finalist of the 2010 US Green Building Council Natural Talent Competition, which focussed on rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Emma Abegglen, Deputy Principal at Sir Charles Kao UTC said:

“Our students had a fantastic day celebrating the achievements of women engineers and particularly enjoyed listening to our esteemed panel. I hope that events like this can work to increase the numbers of women taking up careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. We offer the best pathway into the STEM field in Harlow, through our work with employer partners and our innovative and dynamic curriculum and would encourage any students with an interest in these subjects to join our school”

Former Education Secretary and Chairman of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, Lord Kenneth Baker said:

“Engaging girls in engineering is a national challenge and UTCs are working hard to reach out to a new generation of engineers, raise awareness of the opportunities and to engage women to study technical subjects in school and beyond.”

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