4 July 2016

Faculty celebrates National Women in Engineering Day with challenge event for schools

23 June was National Women in Engineering Day. This year the faculty celebrated with a Science and Technology Challenge Day for school students from all over the county.

120 students, in mixed school teams, took part in various challenges involving robotics, e-fit, electric cars and bridge construction (all table-top activities!). At the end of the day prizes for each workshop and the overall Challenge winners were presented by Deputy Lieutenant for Oxfordshire, Mr Ian Laing. The overall Challenge winning team, with students from Oxford High School and Maiden Erlegh School, will go forward to the Challenge grand final later this year or early next year. At the final they will compete against Challenge winners from events like this that have been taking place throughout the year at different institutions all over the country.

The Challenge Day was hosted by the faculty on Wheatley campus, and delivered by MCS Projects Ltd who raise the aspirations of young people through these Challenge Days. Apart from taking part in workshops, the students were able to meet and interact with Artie, our humanoid robot, and to take a look at the wonderful array of vehicles in our auto lab, including the recently unveiled 2016 Oxford Brookes Racing car.

The day was a resounding success: we plan to do it all again next June!