Engineering more careers for women! - Wednesday, 7 October 2009

The Royal Armouries (RA) is co-ordinating two events aimed at inspiring teenagers to pursue careers in science and engineering next month (November) at the Tower of London.

The RA’s education team is lining up an exciting programme of guest speakers to encourage students and particularly teenage girls to explore their career options in science – and to help boost the falling numbers of females opting to study physics and chemistry to A Level and beyond.

The first event, on November 16, is a Women in Engineering Day, aimed at 14-year-old girls who are considering their GCSE options and will take place in the Bayer MaterialScience Education Space in the Tower Vaults.

The day will include a morning session with talks from five women with a wide range of experiences in the arenas of science, technology, engineering and maths. The girls will then to look around the Tower, before participating in an interactive session with the Armouries’ science education officer Amy Preece in the afternoon.

On November 19, the Royal Armouries will hold a Careers in Science Day, along the same lines as the engineering event. Speakers are already confirmed from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), defence industry and Transport for London.

Amy said, “These events are part of an ongoing drive to encourage girls to explore the world of science, in a modern and vibrant way, and to consider the many career paths that are possibly open to them.

“They form part of the exciting ongoing science provision here at the Tower. Our fabulous arms and armour collection and unique setting allow us to create a modern and forward thinking programme that aims to inspire a future generation.”

Both events will be staged in the *Bayer MaterialScience*-sponsored education facility. This was opened in 2007 and has enabled approximately 5,000 students from across the UK, aged five to 19, to enjoy a hands-on scientific learning experience both in this memorable and historic setting and as part of an extensive outreach programme.

Royal Armouries has been running an innovative materials science education programme at the Tower of London for almost six years and has six Sanford awards for heritage education.

As part of its unique partnership with Bayer MaterialScience, the Royal Armouries aims to boost the falling numbers of schoolchildren who choose to study science subjects by exciting curiosity about the subject. In turn, it is hoped this will tackle the falling numbers of young men and women who choose to study Physics and Chemistry at A Level, paving the way for science-based careers such as engineering.

Places are limited and need to be booked now on a first-come, first-served basis for both sessions. The nation’s future scientists are invited to attend in school groups, accompanied by an adult.

For more information, and to book, contact the Royal Armouries education team on 020 3166 6660.

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Tel: 01903 783832, 07704 130226, 07838 379599.

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