STEM – Women in Construction & Engineering
As part of the Careers and STEM provision and International Women’s day, our Y8s were invited to visit the Manchester Airport Transformation Programme organised by Laing O Rourke on Thursday 8th March. Students from across the trust took part in the event where they were introduced to the different roles available in construction and met some inspiring women in this field. Focus was placed on the skills needed for these types of roles and the reasons why people are in their roles.
The girls took part in a tower building activity where they were split into different teams and each team acted as small construction companies. The teams were asked to plan, design, cost (tender) and construct a tower made from Lego bricks.
The aim of the activity was to :
• promote team working, problem solving and communication skills through a simulated construction project
• explore careers in construction
• introduce enterprise skills in the form of costings, tendering and profit
At the end of the trip we asked our Y8s that ‘What was one thing they learned from the trip?
‘Women can do anything men can do!!’