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En­ergy

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - ENERGY -

A con­fer­ence pro­mot­ing ca­reers in en­gi­neer­ing to girls was held in Aberdeen with more than 40 pupils from across Aberdeen tak­ing part. The an­nual event was cre­ated in 2016, as a part­ner­ship be­tween St Mar­garet’s School for Girls and the Uni­ver­sity of Aberdeen.

The in­au­gu­ral ‘Girls in En­gi­neer­ing’ con­fer­ence took place in Oc­to­ber last year to huge suc­cess and was the biggest event of its type to take place in Scot­land, with some 90 sec­ondary school pupils from across Aberdeen city and shire, and as far afield as Glas­gow and Ed­in­burgh tak­ing part.

This year’s event, pic­tured be­low, was aimed at pri­mary age pupils and also saw P7 pupils from Fer­ry­hill Pri­mary and St Joseph’s Pri­mary in at­ten­dance.

The event in­cluded pre­sen­ta­tions and prac­ti­cal work­shops de­signed to chal­lenge and in­spire the girls.

Ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded ‘The En­ergy Tran­si­tion’, where stu­dents found out about the en­ergy tech­nolo­gies be­ing used to al­low so­ci­ety to move away from fos­sil fuel power sources while con­sid­er­ing the un­der­ly­ing themes of sus­tain­abil­ity, en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and ma­te­ri­als.

They also con­structed a roller-coaster ramp us­ing ev­ery­day ma­te­ri­als. For­mer pupil Ab­bie Thomp­son, who is study­ing en­gi­neer­ing at Aberdeen Uni­ver­sity, also de­liv­ered a talk to the pupils.

Dr Euan Bain, Dr Is­rael Osofero, James Power and head of the School of En­gi­neer­ing, Pro­fes­sor Guz, were in at­ten­dance, of­fer­ing sup­port and ad­vice to the pupils.

Dr Is­rael Osofero, of the Uni­ver­sity of Aberdeen, said: “Through this event, we de­mys­tify the en­gi­neer­ing dis­ci­pline and in­vite young girls to ex­plore it. Our mes­sage is sim­ple – en­gi­neer­ing is as much for girls as it is for boys.”

Anna Tom­lin­son, head of St Mar­garet’s School for Girls, said: “Fol­low­ing last year’s suc­cess­ful in­au­gu­ral ‘Girls in En­gi­neer­ing’ con­fer­ence, we are once again ex­cited to col­lab­o­rate with the uni­ver­sity in this way.

“As a school, we ac­tively seek to break down gen­der stereo­types. In re­cent years, around 60% of our sixth year leavers have gone on to study STEM sub­jects at uni­ver­sity and we want to in­stil the con­fi­dence in our pupils to pur­sue what­ever av­enue in life is right for them.

“As al­ways, it is a priv­i­lege for St Mar­garet’s to work with the Uni­ver­sity of Aberdeen, and we look for­ward to devel­op­ing our part­ner­ship over the com­ing years.”

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