Year 9 students from Burgess Hill School for Girls were invited to the Edwards Global Technology Centre as part of the ‘National Women in Engineering Day’ (#NWED) on Monday June 23.
The girls were given an insight into what Engineering involves and how it makes a difference to the world. They learnt about what a vacuum is and the vital physics and chemistry that lies behind a vacuum. They were taken on a tour about the facilities, with various demonstrations of testing systems and production lines and met some enthusiastic graduates who are on the Edwards Global Graduate Scheme.
Edwards Global Technology Centre is based in Burgess Hill and employs around 4200 people worldwide in the design, manufacture and support of high technology vacuum and exhaust management equipment. They understand the need for their vacuum pumps to deliver exceptional performance for their customers, in some of the most demanding applications.
National Women in Engineering Day is a day dedicated to raising the profile and celebrating the achievements of women in engineering as well as showcasing the great engineering careers that are available for girls. It was set up by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate its 95th anniversary.
Mr Chris de Britt, STEM Science Teacher, said, “This is a great opportunity for our students to see inside the workings of a global leader in technology and engineering. The girls are excited about the range and diversity of career paths they can take in this industry”.
This industry visit was part of a day of activities at Burgess Hill School for Girls. The Year 10 students were also treated to a panel of expert Scientists during their life skills lessons. These girls heard from Dr Orla Kelly from Photek, Dr Jeremy Reffin and Dr Claire Blencowe about careers in Science. The girls were also required to plan the development of a new airport, and consider carefully what skills and expertise would be required to undergo such a project. This opportunity raised the awareness of teamwork, problem solving and creativity in an ever changing world requiring solutions to be engineered successfully.
Report and picture contributed by Burgess Hill School for Girls.