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Renishaw Inspires Girls in STEM with Greenpower Racing and Workshops

by Anna

Renishaw, a global engineering technologies company, hosted students from Denmark Road High School in Gloucester as part of its efforts to encourage more girls to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) subjects. The students, from years ten to 13, spent a day at Renishaw’s New Mills headquarters in Gloucestershire to learn about the Greenpower racing competition, in which the school participates. The visit included workshops, presentations, and hands-on activities such as 3D printing.

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Rebecca Bound, early careers STEM outreach officer at Renishaw, highlighted the importance of early STEM engagement and face-to-face opportunities to break down stereotypes and encourage more young people, especially girls, to pursue careers in engineering. The engagement with local schools aims to invest in future engineers and promote a diverse talent pipeline.

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Mark Waller, STEM teacher at Denmark Road High School, emphasized the significance of exposing girls to real-world applications of STEM and inspiring them to see themselves as future leaders in these fields. The visit included interactive sessions such as a sustainability workshop, a science experiment on electromagnetic induction, and a 3D printing workshop. Students were also given an insight into potential routes into engineering, including degree apprenticeships.

Renishaw’s Greenpower team hosted a talk to share insights into developing an effective car, providing inspiration for the students involved in the Greenpower racing project. The company actively engages with local schools through its STEM outreach program, offering workshops, educational visits, and other initiatives to excite students about pursuing engineering careers.

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