WHC Hosts Women in Engineering Day
Held at our Kings Langley campus, focussing around STEM subjects and industries, the day included STEM-related activities for students from Abbot’s Hill School and the official opening of the College’s Innovation Lab. There were also talks from several companies, including RES, BT, Meinhardt, Imagination and VolkerWesselsUK.
The College provided future female technologists from Abbot’s Hill School with an opportunity to get hands-on in engineering workshops. The students were invited for Women in Engineering Day and were able to take part in six specialist activities including: CAD/3D printing, electronics, robotics, Formula 1 engineering, Renewables/green technology and welding.
Whilst the students partook in the engineering activities, guests from the aforementioned technology companies joined in the fun by helping the girls and offering up advice. Councillor Andrew Scarth, Chairman of Three Rivers District Council and his wife and consort Councillor Alison Scarth were also in attendance to show their support for promoting STEM to young women.
Andrew said “The STEM experience put on for Abbott’s Hill School was an exciting hands on event for them as well as us. We fully support this initiative by West Herts College to encourage many more girls to look at engineering as an option available to them for their future career development. We both agreed that if we had had this option as students we certainly would have looked at it for a future career.”
After the students had completed their STEM activities they were congratulated our Principal, Gill Worgan.
Gill said “It’s fantastic to see so many young aspiring engineers here to join in the celebrations, the fact that we are joined by so many talented female engineers is amazing – so make sure to ask them questions and learn from them as they’re here to help you.”
The event also saw the official opening of the College’s ‘Innovation Lab’, a technology-hub for all things engineering. Sandie Taylor, from RES, and Principal Gill Worgan cut the ribbon to open up the lab and open up a host of new opportunities for budding technologists. On top of this, Meinhardt presented John McMahon, Director of Curriculum, with a cheque for £1000 to go towards the College’s brand new Civil Engineering facilities. A fantastic day in celebration of STEM will hopefully inspire more young women to consider a career in the technology industry.
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