Y10 took on the Tall Tower Challenge to mark National Women In Engineering Day today!

Women In Engineering Day (#NWED2016) is an international awareness campaign aimed to raise the profile of women in engineering. Led by the Women’s Engineering Society, the campaign highlights the fantastic career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry.

TUTC Engineering Teacher, Mr Markey set students the “Tallest Tower” task, limiting pupils to using spaghetti and marshmallow’s as their building tools. Students were given just 20 minutes to produce their master pieces, before they were judged on the height, structure and stability of their towers.

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Impressed with the student’s creativity and team work, Mr Markey gave some insight into the challenge:

“The Tall Tower Challenge gave the students a taste of Architecture and Engineering Design. Students worked to a specification, which they had to execute with limitations in time, budget and resources. Challenging pupils to develop skills in resource management and working to a client brief within a tight deadline.
The teams worked really well together despite the constraints and gained an insight into the industry, which I hope will inspire them to consider architecture as a desirable and rewarding career path.”

Tall Tower Challenge Winner Teddy Mandak said:

“I think my Tower won due to the simplicity in its design. I thought very carefully about how to give the tower height without using up all my resources and used my creativity to give the structure a modern edge.”

Women have made significant contributions to the Engineering industry, British inventor Sarah Guppy (1770-1852) was an inventor who was instrumental in the design of Britain’s infrastructure, creating a method of making safe piling for bridges as her first invention in 1811.

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For more information on National Women In Engineering Day, visit: www.nwed.org.uk/

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