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AWE and girls engineering challenge

Local schools from Berkshire and Hampshire put their design and engineering skills to the test, when they competed in AWE’s Girls Engineering Challenge.

Pupils from Reading, Basingstoke and Newbury joined in at the event held at the Tadley Memorial Hall on Thursday, March 21.

The event is organised to encourage girls to consider engineering as a future career path.

The theme of the event was Easter, and the three tasks were all designed with Easter eggs at the heart of each.

A team of AWE’s apprentices put together the challenging tasks which asked the students to build a device to catch an Easter egg safely; to build a tower to hold the eggs, and to construct a marble run. On the day advice and help were available from the AWE Skills Academy Apprentices and staff.

The event aimed at the 12-13 year olds, demonstrated the importance of teamwork, material selection and planning – all vital aspects of a career in engineering or science.

AWE’s Samantha McRae, a second year Mechanical Maintenance Apprentice, and one of the event’s team leaders, said: “The day was very successful and the whole team really enjoyed it. From the smiles I could see on the girls’ faces, they enjoyed the experience, too. It was amazing to see the ideas the girls came up with and how well they worked together.

The winning team came from Kendrick School, in Reading as they displayed excellent teamwork and creativity, and the points they earned put them in pole position going into the final challenge. They received a £300 cheque as well as vouchers and a prize shield. The runners-up were The Vyne Community School, from Basingstoke.

All competitors received vouchers and a goody bag, and the other schools which competed were: Aldworth Science College, Basingstoke; Trinity School, Newbury; The Costello School, Basingstoke; Denefield School, Reading; and Bishop Challoner RC School, in Basingstoke.

Philippa Kent, chairwoman of Schools Liaison, said: “The Girls Engineering Challenge is always a popular event, and this year the level of ingenuity and creativity has been exceptional. We enjoy working with schools to help foster and encourage an interest in science, and technology, and today the girls have loved taking on engineering challenges.”

Notes to Editors

1.     AWE plays a crucial role in national defence by providing and maintaining warheads for

Trident, the UK's nuclear deterrent

2.     AWE is contracted to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) through a Government-owned Contractor

Operated (GOCO) arrangement. Whilst our sites and facilities remain in government ownership, their

management, day to day operations, and the maintenance of the nuclear stockpile is contracted to a

private company AWE Management Limited (AWE ML). AWE ML is a consortium comprising three equal

partners: Serco Group plc, the Lockheed Martin Corporation and Jacobs Engineering Group.

3.     For further information contact Media@AWE.co.uk or 01189855888

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