Encouraging girls in Bolton to go into engineering

Pictured with their designs are Sophie Pilkington, aged eleven, left, and Charlotte Binns, aged 10

Pictured with their designs are Sophie Pilkington, aged eleven, left, and Charlotte Binns, aged 10

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , health reporter

A PROJECT to inspire girls to consider a career in engineering has been hailed a success by museum bosses.

Power Generators is a project funded by the Bolton Steam Museum through a National Lottery Awards For All grant.

Working with Bolton Playing for Success at the Bolton Science and Technology Centre, three schools accepted the challenge to develop a vision for the future of architecture, fashion, transport and leisure.

As part of the project, year six pupils from St Peter and Paul RC Primary, Oxford Grove School and St James CE High School visited the steam museum to see the preserved 19th century technology.

The pupils used computer-aided design, laser cutting and 3D printing facilities to make models of future technology and also learned about soldering and elementary electrical circuits.

Projects included an underwater train that could be powered by the passengers themselves, wind-powered generators on buildings and a project that used hydrogel as a material to defend homes against flooding.

John Phillp, from the Bolton Steam Museum, said: “This was a really successful project. Anything that gets young people, and girls in particular, interested in engineering has got to be a good thing.”

Neil West, assistant manager of Bolton Playing for Success added: “I have been blown away by the excitement and enthusiasm these girls have shown.

“Before the project, they didn’t really understand what engineers do but now they have a much better understanding.

“The way they have worked together and developed a range of new skills so quickly is very impressive.

“It is vital that we engage girls of this age and get them excited about engineering as it is the only way to make them think about following a career path in engineering.”

David Ward from Salford University attended the celebration evening at the museum to present the girls with a Creativity in Science, Engineering and Technology award.

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3:51pm Fri 21 Feb 14

steveG says...

How many times have we read this story over the last 40 years.
Hailed a success though very few girls go into engineering then we wait another few years for the story to regenerate and some other bod,(not necessarily from Bolton playing for success) !!!!, hails it a success.

Success would be having engineering jobs for girls or boys to go into.

Who are Bolton playing for success?.
How many times have we read this story over the last 40 years. Hailed a success though very few girls go into engineering then we wait another few years for the story to regenerate and some other bod,(not necessarily from Bolton playing for success) !!!!, hails it a success. Success would be having engineering jobs for girls or boys to go into. Who are Bolton playing for success?. steveG
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4:00pm Sat 22 Feb 14

bernie boy says...

We shouldn't encourage girls to worry their pretty little heads with engineering problems! If they can bake a cake, sew a button on a shirt and fetch a pipe and pair slippers, they're equipped with all the skills they'll ever need.
We shouldn't encourage girls to worry their pretty little heads with engineering problems! If they can bake a cake, sew a button on a shirt and fetch a pipe and pair slippers, they're equipped with all the skills they'll ever need. bernie boy
  • Score: 6

9:17pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Puffin-Billy says...

Well done girls - "swords into ploughshares" and all that.

Don't go for an apprenticeship in the arms trade.
It's a vile wicked and corrupt business.
It's one of the biggest causes of death and suffering in the world.
Well done girls - "swords into ploughshares" and all that. Don't go for an apprenticeship in the arms trade. It's a vile wicked and corrupt business. It's one of the biggest causes of death and suffering in the world. Puffin-Billy
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