Many of us spent the Easter holidays eating chocolate, but not Amy Murphy (Year Nine) who was busy getting her foot on the engineering career ladder. She was on a course organised by the Smallpeice Foundation which promotes engineering careers to young people. She attended a four day residential introduction to engineering course at Harper Adams University where she learned some hands on engineering techniques.
Amy who says she likes to ‘make things work’ joined a team of young people who were tasked with building a model submarine and a bridge. The team created their projects from the design brief stage, and had to manage a budget in order to buy the materials they needed for their structures.
Mr Cotterill, who encouraged Amy to attend the course, said, “It is fantastic that Amy has attended this course. Local MP Peter Luff raised a question in Parliament recently about the lack of women in engineering. Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan replied, “We need 83 000 more engineers every year for the next ten years, and they cannot all be men”. We will need a few more girls like Amy to help construct the major infrastructure and sustainable systems we will all be using in the future.