Inspiring the next generation of engineers

Students from a local secondary school got an insight into the world of engineering at Stansted Airport this week as part of International Women in Engineering Day 2022.

80 year eight students from Birchwood High School in Bishop's Stortford attended the themed event at Aerozone, the airport's educational facility, across two days on June 22 and 23.

During the workshop, the students got a chance to explore what life is like for airport engineers by asking them about their day jobs and experiences.

They also learned how large and complex airports work as well as participating in some practical engineering challenges.

The event was supported by local MP, Julie Marson, who sent a video message to the students attending the event. She said:

“I am so happy to see all of you Birchwood students at the Aerozone today to celebrate Women in Engineering Day. I’m sure you’re going to have a fascinating and productive day.

"Birchwood is a wonderful school that I have had the pleasure of visiting many times, so I am particularly glad you are there.

“In Bishop's Stortford, we are at the centre of the innovation corridor, and the future is all about innovation and technology which you could be a part of.

“In the House of Commons, I have described how important it is for women and girls to study STEM subjects, and how crucial it is for you to be at the centre of this exciting future.

“Congratulations! I am behind you all the way.”

Alex Smith, Education Coordinator at London Stansted, said:

"The students got the chance to experience first-hand the incredible range of opportunities available to them if they pursue engineering careers in the aviation industry.

“We especially need more girls to embrace these fantastic opportunities in aviation, which is why it's so important for them to meet inspirational female role models, and to become aware of the rewarding careers on offer to them.”

Women in Engineering Day is celebrated every year across the UK with events taking place to encourage more women into the industry.