Inventors and innovators
International Women in Engineering Day 2022
23 Jun 2022
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For International Women in Engineering Day this year, the Lower Thames Crossing visited Lansdowne Primary Academy in Tilbury to showcase some of the brightest and bravest women in engineering history, the inventors and innovators.
Watch our video, where for International Women in Engineering Day 2022, we visited Lansdowne Primary School in Tilbury to showcase some of the brightest and bravest women in engineering history, the inventors and innovators.
"... it was important for our assembly to breakdown career stereotypes and demonstrate how powerful women can be in the working world!"Lauren Edmunds, Lower Thames Crossing skills, education and employment advisor
Through an assembly with year five pupils, Lower Thames Crossing staff played a Who Wants to Be a Millionaire themed quiz where pupils had to guess which of the A to D inventions were correct to win ‘Dojo points’ for their class, with the added option to ‘ask the audience’ if they were unsure. The pupils then learnt more about each woman and life changing inventions they created, from the ice cream maker to the first solar powered house and automated dishwasher!
The assembly included a game of ‘Guess Who’ - construction edition to showcase traditional careers in construction with Lower Thames Crossing staff representing an engineer, environmental manager and archaeologist. The session closed with staff talking through less traditional roles in construction, including in skills and communication, and the unique career journeys that led them there, from an apprenticeship to studying beauty in college.
Lauren Edmunds, Lower Thames Crossing skills, education and employment advisor, said: “We had a wonderful morning at Lansdowne Primary Academy. It was great to see so many students so engaged and excited by the activities. The school informed us that a lot of their girls aspired to be mothers, so as well as showcasing these brilliant women in history, it was important for our assembly to breakdown career stereotypes and demonstrate how powerful women can be in the working world!”
International Women in Engineering Day is an annual campaign run by the Women’s Engineering Society which seeks encourage more young women and girls to take up engineering careers. Their 2021 figures show that just 16.5% of engineers are women. Find out more.
If you would like to learn more about the Lower Thames Crossing education programme, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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