Encouraging girl power in engineering

A group of Year 7 girls at Newminster Middle School and Technology College get to work on one of the challenges during Women in Engineering Day.
A group of Year 7 girls at Newminster Middle School and Technology College get to work on one of the challenges during Women in Engineering Day.
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A special day aimed at getting girl pupils interested in a particular subject has been hailed a big success.

Sixty-three girls in Year 7 at Newminster Middle School and Technology College were involved in the Women in Engineering Day. Activities included a product analysis challenge, building towers and bridges and an egg drop.

There was also a workshop led by Professor Rob Davidson from the Institute of Mechanical Engineering at Newcastle University and Shiva Dowlatshahi from the Women’s Engineering Society gave a speech.

Assistant head of school at Newminster, Sumeena Razzaqi, said it was the first time the school had organised a day “dedicated to making girls aware of the fantastic opportunities available to them in the engineering field”.

Pupil Frances Mullen said: “I had an amazing day packed full of fun activities and I would love to do it again,” and Victoria Smyth said it was “different and really inspiring”.