Girls Learn about Physics and Engineering

Published on 23 November 2009 Categories: Senior School

Girls working with a circuit boardSeventy-eight girls from throughout the central belt of Scotland converged on George Watson’s College to learn about the exciting opportunities open to them should they decide to study Physics or Engineering.

The event was masterminded by Mrs Gail Millar, a Physics teacher at Watson’s and life-long advocate of women in science and engineering. She invited women (and a few men) from Edinburgh, St Andrews, Heriot-Watt, Napier and Glasgow Universities; the Royal Air Force; several engineering consultancies and companies; the Institute of Civil Engineers; WISE (Women into Science, Engineering and Construction); and WES (Women’s Engineering Society).

The girls benefitted from an opening address by Mrs Annie Begg, a Project Manager with Selex-Galileo, who outlined her journey from school, through University to her current role; workshops showing various different engineering and physics principles, including ice cream making; and the opportunity to ask questions of a panel of professional engineers.

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