National Women in Engineering Day
‘Girls can’t what?’ stickers were much in evidence at our celebration of National Women in Engineering Day. From Junior House through to Block 2 the girls at Wellesley were joined by 20 girls from local primary and secondary schools. They came away from the event with the thought that they too could become engineers.
Chemical engineers Roisin Toon and Erin Meredith and civil engineer Emily Jones encouraged the girls to consider engineering as a career. The girls were then challenged in four activities assisted by members of Hilderstone Radio Club. In the DT room they had to design and build a bridge using plastic straws and tape in just 10 minutes with a prize for the strongest. In the ICT suite the girls programmed a BBC Micro:bit to display NWED when the buttons were pressed. In one of the science laboratories the girls were challenged to light three LEDs, red, yellow and green, to make traffic lights using conductive dough. In the other laboratory the girls translated a message sent in Morse code. And the highlight of the afternoon was an amateur radio communication with Mills Spring Academy in Atlanta Georgia in the USA. Using an FM transceiver the girls were encouraged to take the microphone and speak to the pupils and teachers nearly 7000km away. The excitement there was just as intense as it was here, so much so that they want to make contact again soon.
The girls found the whole event very inspiring and many of them said that they would like to find out more about amateur radio. Mr Hislop will be running a radio club in extra activities next year that the girls may like to join.