Springboard attends Young Woman Engineer of the Year awards

Lucy Bennett and Adam Nightingale at the IET Young Women Engineer Awards

Lucy Bennett and Adam Nightingale at the IET Young Women Engineer Awards

Springboard recently attended the 39th Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Young Woman Engineer of the Year awards ceremony at the IET’s Savoy Place headquarters in London. The event, which recognises outstanding female engineers in the UK, aims to highlight the achievements of young women working in Engineering.

Many notable people from the engineering community came out to celebrate the achievements of the young women nominated for awards and to show a commitment to addressing the systemic underrepresentation of women in engineering jobs in the UK.

Speakers included Roma Agrawal, the structural engineer behind the Shard skyscraper, who described the journey which has led to her becoming one of the country’s best known female engineers. She stressed the importance of building relationships as one of the key skills for success in engineering, and offered advice on tackling the ‘imposter syndrome’ that many people will experience at some point in their career.

Other speakers included the IET President Professor Jeremy Watson and Robot Wars’ resident Engineering Professor Noel Sharkey, who called for comprehensive research to be commissioned into the barriers which dissuade young women from entering a career in science and engineering and how they can be addressed.

All the finalists for the awards were inspirational spokespeople for Engineering, with Jenni Sidey, a lecturer at the University of Cambridge, winning the title of Young Women Engineer of the year.

The event provided the incredible opportunity to meet and speak with a range of pioneering women in Engineering and share experiences. It has helped raise awareness within Springboard, and provided us all with motivation to do everything that we can to support women in Engineering.

Lucy Bennett, Springboard’s current Year in Industry student, has since become a STEM ambassador to help encourage and inspire the next generation.

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Springboard sponsors primary school science day

Springboard recently sponsored Science Day at Fen Drayton Primary School near Cambridge. The whole school devoted the entire day to exploring numerous aspects of physics, chemistry and biology through a series of hands-on experiments. Among the many subjects were:

  • What is blood made of?
  • What causes clouds?
  • How can you make crazy putty?
  • How do rockets work?
  • What are molecules made of?

The Head Teacher, Mrs Claire Turner, said that the company’s support raised the importance of science in the children’s minds because they could see that a real engineering-science company was interested in their learning. In addition, it helped to buy safety glasses and supplies for the day.

“Some of the children will likely work in the Cambridge science industry one day, and the day was a good way to ignite their enthusiasm”, she said.

Springboard’s ethos includes a strong element of mentoring and developing staff in their continuous learning, and so reaching out to primary school children is a way of starting that process right at an early stage.

But the final word on the matter goes to the children who wrote thank you letters to the company.

“It was great fun.” Ellie

“What I enjoyed was every single bit. And what I learnt was that science is so FUN!” Connor

“I learnt that some times some stuff don’t work.” Lilly-Rose

“Well, you made science day be the best day of my life.” Rhys