Magnificent Women and Their Flying Machines was established as an outreach activity by the Women's Engineering Society (WES) to commemorate the work of early women engineering pioneers who were involved in engineering activities during the First World War. Accomplishments of these women included aircraft wing building and munitions work. In 2014 WES celebrated its 95th year and with 2014 also marking the anniversary of the start of World War 1 they launched this outreach project in order to celebrate the important work that was done by women all those years ago and how it made an impact on the world we live in today.
A major objective of the activity is to empower female students about the role of women in engineering and encourage them to consider engineering as a possible career path. Girls in particular see engineering as a non-traditional career choice, and by showing them through the outreach activity that in fact women have been successfully carrying out these roles for 100 years, we can begin to change their perception of the suitability of this career for them.
The emphasis of the session is on exploring engineering through history and providing meaningful careers advice for students. The activities will cover the following core subjects: maths, science, English and history, as well as developing students’ key skills including:
· Time management
The project has benefitted from a Centennial Grant from the Royal Aeronautical Society, an Ingenious Grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering, and funding from Northrop Grumman.