Newcastle girls try out engineering

Budding female engineers at a Newcastle school have taken part in a day of activities to mark National Women in Engineering Day.

Catriona Powell from Amec Foster Wheeler with Poppy Jones and Lisa Adi from Year 7 at Kenton School.
Catriona Powell from Amec Foster Wheeler with Poppy Jones and Lisa Adi from Year 7 at Kenton School.

Students from Kenton School spent a day with volunteers from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), who explained the benefits of being a woman in engineering, and led the girls in a practical engineering exercise.

The engineers from the ICE drew on their own experience studying and working in the civil engineering profession, which is responsible for planning, designing, building and maintaining the nation's infrastructure.

One highlight of the day was building water filters, which helped the girls to understand some of the engineering principles behind our water infrastructure, and gave them an insight into how engineers solve problems. The event was one of many held in this region and across the UK by the ICE, other professional bodies and engineering businesses.

ICE Regional Director for the North East, Penny Marshall, said: "Thanks to National Women in Engineering Day, many girls will have a better understanding of what civil engineers do, and may consider civil engineering as a career for the first time. By looking at the example of the role models leading today's event, they can enter the profession confident in the knowledge that it offers a diverse and challenging choice of careers.

"Over the last few years there has been a significant increase in the number of women in civil engineering, but there is still work to be done. This could be helped by parents encouraging their daughters to look at it as a career choice, whether through the apprenticeship route or a degree."

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