‘Bridging’ the gender gap at Sandhurst STEM careers event

Hundreds of 11-15-year-old girls took part in ICE activities at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst’s STEM careers showcase.

Sandhurst STEM careers event: chance to get hands on with civil engineering
Sandhurst STEM careers event: chance to get hands on with civil engineering
At a special STEM careers showcase at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst  ICE was literally ‘bridging’ the gender gap, encouraging young women to join the civil engineering profession.

Through a practical ‘balancing bridges’ activity ICE allowed attendees to get hands on with civil engineering, using the same skills that bridge builders use – albeit on a smaller scale. Participants also learned first hand how civil engineers have to work in teams and plan ahead in order to build successfully.

One of the participants, Ariana, from Woodmansterne School in London, described the day “as a great opportunity to discover and find interest in new careers”. She said the ICE activity really challenged her mind with its focus on balance and logic.

Jonathan Baggs, ICE London & South East Regional Director, said: “As part of ICE’s bicentenary celebrations this year we are hosting and taking part in events that  promote civil engineering as a rewarding and creative career, open to all people regardless of gender or background. ICE ambassadors were delighted to meet the students at the Sandhurst showcase and hope we’ve encouraged them to become the engineers of tomorrow.”

Organised by the Sandhurst Trust, the STEM careers showcase was a joint venture between the Army and industry to demonstrate the breadth of STEM educational and career pathways available to young aspiring female students.