Terry Marsh, Director of the national Women into Science, Engineering and Construction (WISE) campaign, visited Macclesfield College last week as part of the College’s new ‘Engineering – Girls Can Do It Too’ project.
Macclesfield College, in conjunction with local schools and businesses, are all set to launch their exciting project to inspire girls to pursue science, engineering and technology courses and employment.
As a supporter of the project, Terry travelled from her office in London to look around ECAT, the College’s European Centre for Aerospace Training and meet the Principal of the College, Wendy Wright and the Project Manager, Kay Lees. ECAT offers Aerospace, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering courses and features state-of-the-art workshops and labs as well as a purpose built hangar to house its fully functional BAE Jetstream 31 aircraft.
The ‘Engineering – Girls Can Do It Too’ project will see a pre-selected group of girls from local primary and secondary schools taking part in a series of girls-only events.
The project starts with a launch event at Macclesfield College on the 6th November. The day, which will be run by the University of Manchester, will involve eighty 14-15 year old girls building hovercrafts from basic materials and then putting them to the test in a race.
Future activities will include science and engineering after-school clubs as well as visits to local engineering organisations such as Siemens, Vauxhall Motors, Airbus, BAE Systems and Haden Freeman to demonstrate the clean and safe environment of modern engineering firms and the opportunities available for females in the industry.
This is a pilot project, and if successful it will be extended to give even more girls the opportunity to experience science, engineering and technology for themselves.
For more information on women in engineering see: www.wisecampaign.org.uk or for more information on Macclesfield College’s ECAT facility see www.learningzone.ac.uk/ecat
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Terry Marsh, Director of WISE inspects ECAT’s Aircraft, along with Kay Lees and Andrew Young
Terry Marsh, Director of WISE (centre) in front of ECAT's Aircraft Engine, along with Kay Lees and Andrew Young