On Friday 9th November, 30 Testbourne Community School Year 9 students took part in an engineering programme as a part of the Government's Year of Engineering. This trip was organised in order to encourage young students - in particular female students - to consider pursuing a future in engineering. Girls were particularly targeted because only around 7% of engineering graduates are female in the UK.
At the event, organised by local MP Kit Malthouse, students took part in 4 sessions, each with a duration of 30 minutes, completing various challenges, aided by several different companies who attended the event, and gave inspiring talks there. Some of these companies included: Acardo Engineering, who are currently the world's leading food shopping company, Dyson, Xtrac, a company that makes 4WD systems and gearboxes for rally cars, William's Racing, Thatcham Research, Thames Water and RE Aviation, an aircraft engineering company based in Whitchurch. The students also got the opportunity to talk to the company representatives about work experience and possible careers in that specific company.