Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Engineering - Making It in STEM: Resources

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Engineering - Making It in STEM: Resources

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Don't worry if you're the only girl under the bonnet.

I have always been interested in how things work and my father has always supported that, encouraging me to help repair cars, use power tools or build a teardrop caravan. At my first high school I was manager of the Formula One team, building and racing little gas-canister-powered cars. Later I got involved in Greenpower projects.

When I did work experience at a garage, a man, seeing me emerge from under a car, asked if I had got lost on the way to the hairdresser. But having been named outstanding science and engineering student of the year and outstanding student of the year in the National BTEC Awards 2012, I have had the last laugh.

My father has a battery company and is one of a long line of engineers on both sides of my family, the most famous being my great-great-grandfather, who was the chief engineer on Ernest Shackleton's expedition to the South Pole. And my mother is the daughter of an engineer, so it is in my blood.

But it was when I first visited Loughborough College that I knew engineering was for me. At Loughborough I was the only girl on my engineering course, and this took some adjustment. …

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