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Girl Power- Basingstoke school pupils flex their engineering muscles

AWE 2015 engineering challenge encourages girls to consider their career options.

Thirty year 8 pupils from Basingstoke, Reading and Andover schools attended the 2015 ‘AWE girls in engineering’ challenge/event last week at the Tadley Community
 centre.
The one day event on May 14th is part of AWE’s continued commitment to inspire and encourage girls to consider a career in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics before they choose their GSCE options.

The pupils aged 14, were from 5 schools: Kennet School; Costello Technology College, Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College, Test Valley and Everest Community Academy and took part in the annual event which is planned and run by female apprentices from the AWE Skills Academy.

The day was split into three engineering challenges; a marble run, tower build and an egg catch.
Each challenge was designed to test and assess the pupils ability to problem solve, manage time, think innovatively and creatively and to work as a team, which all make up the key principles of engineering.
The winning team. who were first overall and impressed the judges with their strategic and thoughtful approach to the 2015 challenge was Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College.
AWE apprentice Amy Lambden, who is currently in the second year of the AWE apprentice scheme said: “One of the main aims of the challenge is to break the stigma attached to engineering. “It’s not just about men fixing cars and getting hands dirty. Engineering involves a host of very different skills and girls are just as capable at doing this as boys are. All the girls who attended worked extremely hard on the set challenges and it was fantastic to see so much enthusiasm and energy in the room.”
Kerry Barker, Head of Engineering at AWE, who started her career as an AWE apprentice, comments:

“Today was a perfect opportunity to get the girls thinking that engineering is a real option for them as they approach a critical stage in their education and choose what GCSE options to take. The challenge not only helps to develop life skills but also raises awareness about the serious engineering skills shortage we have in the UK. I would like to congratulate the winning team and also thank all the apprentices who made today possible. They are a real credit to the AWE Skills Academy."
Photograph 1 is attached of the winning school; Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College and the AWE female apprentices.

Photograph 2 shows school pupils taking part in the

School pupils taking part in the challenge

The winning school; Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College and the AWE female apprentices.

 

 

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. AWE press releases are available on our website: www.awe.co.uk. For further information Linsey White, Linsey.white@awe.co.uk Tel: 01189 854289.

4. AWE is holding a one day showcase event for the local community on Saturday 27th June at the Burghfield CSA. For tickets please visit : http://tinyurl.com/AWEshow or call 0118 985 1515
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