National Women Engineering Day at Anglia Ruskin University
23 June 2017
On Friday 23 June 2017, a group of Year 9 girls participated in National Women Engineering Day at Anglia Ruskin University. The day consisted of a range of activities, demonstrations and inspirational talks. The Girls had a chance to visit a foot lab that uses software top determine foot pressure as well as 3D printing and how this is used in hip replacements. The girls were all engaged and asked many questions!
One of the students, Crystal, wrote the following diary of her experience:
On the 23rd of June, Ms Patel took Year 9 girls to Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford,(East Anglia) for Women’s Engineering.
On this day, we learnt about the different types of engineering, the steps to become an engineer, and what you do as an engineer. My favourite, by far, was biomechanical engineering, as this intrigued me the most. We learnt about how the software is used, the different parts of our knees, and also how hip replacements work.
Professor Raj Hornstrom led us through most of the day, where she explained to us about her quite interesting job, introduced us to her team, and also allowed us to explore the software with her team where they answered any of our questions. Her research team, (whom are only there for the summer term) were very helpful and extremely beneficial as they gave us a lot of insight into the research they are help Prof, Hornstrom in.
We also had a Q&A with 3 other female engineering professors, Oliver(who is a part of Prof. Hornstrom’s team) and Nathalie(just graduated engineer). The question which I asked the female professors was ‘When you were studying to become an engineer, was there anyone who told you couldn’t do it and broke your self-esteem?’ Their reply was quite inspiring, as they said that even though it is terribly hurtful, no one knows you better than yourself, and if you know you can do it, there is no one that can tell you you can’t.
All four the the professor opened up my mind to not only engineering, but also the struggles of being in a male dominating society, and how to overcome it. Overall, Ms Patel did extremely well with this trip and is an amazing (and super fun) teacher. I definitely look forward to going onto more science trips with her!