Engineering for All

15/02/2014

On 29th January, five hundred 14-15 year old pupils from St Paul’s School for Girls in Edgbaston were the latest to benefit from a programme of educational visits organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers West Midlands regional team.

Various practical engineering challenges were undertaken by the girls and presentations were given by Kaylie Donnelly from the BTS and Carol Bayliss from Network Rail.

As part of the day the girls worked on a pop-up construction site, putting together a real 15-metre-long cable-stayed bridge using scale drawings. This valuable practical project was designed by the School of Engineering at the University of Birmingham in partnership with Interserve and supported by the ICE.

Headteacher of St Pauls, Dawn Casserley, was greatly appreciative of the opportunity given to the girls to experience on a practical level something of what civil engineering is about.

ICE West Midlands Regional Director, Steve Feeley, pointed out that fewer than 10% of civil engineers are women and expressed the hope that these visits will inspire more young people, including women, to consider a career in engineering.

Further information is available on the University of Birmingham website.