#INWED17

An important occasion in the STEM calendar.

#INWED17

An important occasion in the STEM calendar.

International Women in Engineering Day is an important occasion in the STEM calendar. There are many different types of engineering and each year our STEM team try to focus on a different type of engineering. Last year, we worked with civil engineers who shared the exciting roles that are on offer for females in this field of engineering.

This year, there’s a focus on chemistry, with girls coming onto the Christ Church campus to experience how chemical engineering plays a part in the manufacture of medicines.

Already this week, 25 girls form Simon Langton Girls Schools have looked at how to make molecules more soluble and how the structure of a molecule influences the properties of medicine.

They learnt that chemical engineers produce chemicals on a large scale, and design and make medicines. As one of the girls said: “I didn’t know what was involved before; I thought it was about companies making money not about ensuring the patients got what they needed.

Girls are more likely to become involved in jobs that have a role with people, so perhaps, as a direct result of this activity and others that Kent and Medway STEM organise, there will be more woman in engineering in the future.

Hellen Ward leads the Kent & Medway STEM at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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