On Friday 17 January, Year 8 took part in City Girls in Science Day which forms part of the Careers Department's offer to help students learn more about work and opportunities after school.
The girls were able to choose from one of three day trips to
• Laing O'Rourke, Tideway
• The Design Engineering Department at Imperial College London
• The City Centre Architecture Centre
The girls spent their day learning valuable information about careers related to each of these organisations, as well as being involved in some 'hands on' projects which they presented at the end of the day.
"The trip focussed on the engineering behind digging a 25km tunnel wide enough for three double decker buses. We met engineers, young and senior, who explained their career route into working on a billion pound project.
The girls were tasked with a design task to consider the implications of building a Water Park. They then had to present the idea with layout, budget, funding and any special features. This was a fascinating trip and we returned flushed with success. The girls, as always, were a credit to the school. They engaged in serious discussion and asked pertinent questions about the speakers careers and aspirations. Thanks to Ms Perkins for organising and Ms Anstee and Mrs Daykin for running it."
The Design Engineering Department at Imperial College London
"When we arrived at Imperial, we were given a talk on what students learnt in this department and some of the projects they had designed. We were then assigned some tasks to do for 90 minutes. These tasks consisted of: designing headphones for dancers, making a touchless computer, a train station for the visually impaired and making a sustainable farm. At the end, we had to present our designs to four PhD students who gave us feedback on them. Overall, we all had an amazing time at Imperial College as we got to experience what it is like studying there."
The City Centre Architecture Centre
"Some of us visited The City Centre and learnt about jobs in architecture. We were told about ‘the built environment’ and the careers it offers, while doing fun activities related to it. We did a challenge that involved planning a pavilion outside the Gherkin and making a model out of cardboard. There were lots of different interpretations, highlighting a variety of subjects surrounding the City of London. The trip was a great opportunity to understand our city and the genius behind the buildings we pass every day."