Schoolgirls discover engineering

Schoolgirls taking part in the inaugural Young Weir-Wise programme at the University of Strathclyde.

Schoolgirls from all across Scotland are taking part in a new engineering outreach programme run by the University of Strathclyde and funded by the Weir Group.

The Young Weir Wise: Discovering Engineering with S2 Girls programme sees 52 S2-aged pupils from 42 schools across Scotland taking part in a series of activities aimed at inspiring young female students to consider a career in the field.

Fantastic opportunity

The non-residential, two-day programme involves a variety of team-based challenges, including designing a water filter and creating a nanopolymer bouncy ball. Staff from the Weir Group will also be in attendance throughout the programme, to discuss their own careers and assist the pupils with their activities.

Professor Rebecca Lunn MBE from the University of Strathclyde said: “The girls are given a fantastic opportunity to experience exciting engineering challenges and to discover face-to-face why professional female engineers are passionate about their jobs. 

"Societal expectations often lead girls to give up maths and physics at an early age, yet evidence shows that girls are equally talented.

If we can inspire them to choose these subjects at National 5 and beyond, we are creating an opportunity for a new generation of women to study engineering that would otherwise be lost.”

Rosemary McGinness, Chief People Officer for the Weir Group said: “Women continue to be under-represented in engineering professions and that is something we aim to change by inspiring young girls to choose a path towards an engineering career.”

The Faculty of Engineering runs a number of outreach programmes, including the Scottish Space School, Headstart, Accelerate and Engineering the Future for Girls.

For more information about the programme and how to apply to future programmes, visit: https://www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/outreach/weir-wise/