Daughters of Invention – Encouraging girls into science.


To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science today, Juliet Fry (Artistic Director) has written a reflection piece on our recent commission project, Daughters of Invention.

I have just finished working on our Royal Academy of Engineers Ingenious drama and engineering project in 4 Birmingham primary schools and have been totally inspired by the energy, confidence and skills of our PhD and MEng students and the Year 4 and 5 children.

Our drama brought to life 18th century Birmingham engineer, Sarah Guppy, to try and inspire her female ancestor to find her true vocation now in 2019.  Alongside this the children were faced with a bio medical problem to solve involving the England Women’s World Cup team.  Each school had their own pair of real-life female Bio Medical Engineers on hand to share their skills and help the children realise their ideas.  I saw the engineers grow in confidence to work with the children, to share their stories and to facilitate the children’s learning in a really dynamic and fun way.

The children involved have found out what it means to be an engineer and about the fabulous female engineers of the past, present and future. We are very excited to be seeing the children’s inventions and sharing more stories at University of Birmingham 28th February at our celebration event.

The feedback from teachers, children and students has been overwhelmingly positive.

“My confidence grew over the weeks which made me comfortable enough to tell my engineering story confidently and naturally. It was nice to know that my story could potentially encourage or inspire someone in any way shape or form.”

Abigail Asante MEng student University of Birmingham

“I learnt that girls can be engineers as well. I also learnt that there are different types of engineers. It was an awe-inspiring experience.”

Year 5 Girl Percy Shurmer Academy, Birmingham

“To be an engineer you have to imagine the solution to a problem and never give up even if it goes a bit wrong because one day it might work.”

Year 4 Girl Conway Primary School, Birmingham


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