Clancy Consulting and British Science Week 2015
Article posted on: 27th March 2015
Clancy Consulting trainee Bethanie Wright recently attended ‘The Big Bang’ – UK Young Scientists Fair held at the Birmingham NEC on 11-14 March 2015. The event was one of many held as part of British Science week highlighting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through a series of innovative and interactive events across the country.
With a number of high profile organisations and institutions in attendance including; Rolls Royce, TATA Group, The BBC and the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE), there was clear support from industry leaders in the promotion of STEM prospects. The event provided a great opportunity to gain insight into the world of science with an abundant display of experiments for all ages and informative career advice for those of school leaving age or considering a move into the industry.
National Grid and Autodesk teamed up for the VEX Robotics Competition, teams of students had designed and built their robots to partake in a ‘game based engineering challenge’ providing onlookers with a gripping display. The event also hosted the F1 in schools UK National final, where teams were able to develop their own miniature F1 cars following the same design and engineering processes as a real Formula 1 team.
WISE and STEM
Bethanie attended as a role model of Clancy Consulting and on behalf of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering). WISE looks to encourage more women to become involved in the above disciplines, highlighting the diverse array of career opportunities available and the fruitful benefits of working within such a progressive and dynamic industry.
WISE is continually recruiting new members to join, both for the individual memberships, and to invite other companies/institutions to support the campaign.
You can sign up for a free membership to WISE on the following website: http://www.wisecampaign.org.uk/
Commenting on the event Bethanie said:
“I found the event an excellent opportunity to network and learn from some truly driven and inspirational women both working and study within the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The main event was followed with a networking event hosted by Network Rail where I was able to meet with people both within the industry and those aspiring to join.
However, there was a common theme felt amongst those attending, we were all surprised how many girls and boys were not aware of the career opportunities available should they choose to follow a career in STEM subjects, and all the diverse routes to get there.“
In fact, research conducted by the Royal Academy of Engineering forecasts that the engineering profession now needs 104,000 STEM graduates a year between now and 2020. However there are only 82,000 UK domiciled STEM graduates a year, and only 64,000 of those actually enter an engineering related career.
WISE is heavily linked with STEM. STEM appeals for ambassadors to “use their enthusiasm and commitment to encourage young people”. They also “support teachers in the classroom by explaining current applications of STEM in industry or research”.
Clancy Consulting actively supports the encouragement of women into engineering, we regularly attend local school career fairs to highlight the opportunities available to students and have a dedicated graduate scheme that supports the growth and development of individuals and the industry as a whole.