Providing STEM Work Experience to Help Encourage the Next Generation of Engineers

16 September 2014

Promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects at grassroots level is a priority for Stirling and an important part of our corporate social responsibility. Encouraging young people of all ages to think about careers in engineering and science is vital to the future of industry and to the UK economy as a whole.

In an attempt to promote STEM subjects, so far this year Stirling has taken part in our first Cool Aeronautics event run by the Royal Aeronautical society for key stage 4 children, which was a fantastic experience. In addition to this event, we have also provided work experience for several students ranging in age from 14 to 17 over the 2014 summer period. One of these work experience students included Roisin Adams, a 17 year old student from Inverness who has ambitions to go on and study engineering at university. The week Roisin spent with Stirling allowed her to work with engineers from our aerospace and control technologies business units. At Stirling we expect all work experience students – whether they are with us for a day or a year – to get involved in project work. Whilst with the aerospace engineering team, Roisin was given a presentation on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), aerodynamics and simulations techniques using the CFD software StarCCM+. With the assistance of a Dynamics Engineer, Roisin then put together a mini tutorial on a specific CFD case known as “Von Karman vortex”.

Commenting on her work experience week, Roisin stated “Working with Stirling has helped me understand the different career paths I can go down. I really enjoyed working with the aerospace engineering team. It was also exciting to spend some time in the workshop, getting to learn about the G-Seats and other equipment Stirling designs. The people at Stirling have been welcoming from the second I first stepped into the building. If I didn’t understand something I felt comfortable enough to ask them to explain it to me. After this week, I am definitely considering working in the engineering industry.”

David Espley, Stirling’s HR Controller commented that “We have really enjoyed having Roisin work with us for the week; she has a bright future ahead of her. Sadly, the number of women-to-men in engineering is disproportionate, with male engineers clearly in the majority. We’d love to see more gender diversity in the industry and hopefully, we can play our part in helping to encourage more women, like Roisin, to become future engineers.”

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Roisin Adams: A Future Engineer in the Making?