Recognising Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2017
In its fifth year, the theme for 2017 is ‘Engineers on a Mission’ and aims to highlight how engineers are striving to make the world a better place.
The broader focus for the week is to change perceptions of engineering amongst young people, their parents and teachers as well as addressing the gender imbalance in the industry.
Encouraging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) to address gender imbalance
Despite girls and boys achieving almost equal A*-C grades at GCSE, girls constitute only one fifth of A-level physics students; more alarmingly, the drop-out rate for girls doing science-based A-levels is considerably higher than for boys. Eve Maywood, Education and Outreach Manager at Thales in the UK, believes that this is, in part, because a lack of exciting female STEM role models in the media perpetuates the myth that science and engineering are for boys. Eve commented: “Most young people know who Brian Cox is but where are the women bringing STEM to life and making it relevant for girls? One of the biggest problems is the assumption that you have to be extremely intelligent to do STEM subjects and this has a big impact when it comes to girls as they will often have more negative perceptions of their own ability.”
Read more about Tomorrow’s Engineers Week here.