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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Young Barrow girls take part in National Women in Engineering Day challenge

BARROW girls relished the chance to work independently from the boys when they took part in the first National Women in Engineering Day.

Fifty girls from Barrow primary schools got involved in a challenge day this week organised by female ambassadors from BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines.

The Year Five pupils from Cambridge Primary, Greengate Juniors, St James’ Juniors, St George’s CE Primary and Barrow Island Primary competed in the Squashed Tomatoes Challenge at Furness College.

National Women in Engineering Day is organised by Women in Engineering Society. Female engineers from BAE are voluntarily affiliated with WES through a Cumbrian branch. They want to help inspire the next generation of female engineers.

The task had a design, build and test element to it. The girls worked in mixed school teams to create a model to move tomatoes without squashing them using materials which they had a budget for.

The pupils supported by 10 female science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) ambassadors. Senior engineers were also delivering talks on the importance of future engineers to the continued success of the business.

The winning team was Red Wolf made up of Charlotte McIllduff, Ellie Labo, Catherine Harold, Ella Pearson, Farrell Akred.

Tamzin Slennie, 11, of St George’s, said: “It’s been a really, really good day. I’ve made lot of new friends.

“It’s been good doing this without the boys today because they can takeover a bit and sometimes they don’t listen. We found out that there are lots different jobs in engineering. I thought it was just trucks and cars.”

Sarah Linton, a 23-year-old high potential employee at BAE, said: “We want to change the perception that engineering is only for men. By working with these girls at a young age we can show them that engineering is fun and how broad it is.”

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