Girl Power at Albany

Albany Academy Year 8 and 9 girls showed that engineering is not only a career for boys. Sixty girls took part in an Energiser Challenge sponsored by the Smallpiece Trust. The aim of the challenge was to promote engineering as a career option for girls and to demonstrate the wide variety of opportunities available to them within the engineering field.

Eleven teams had to draw, resource and manufacture cost effective wind turbines that would harness the winds power and at the same time look good. The girls certainly rose to the challenge with a wide range of interesting designs. 

At the end of production the teams were judged on the stability, appearance, output and value for money and prizes were awarded to the winning team from each year group.

Mrs Noble, Head of Technology said, “It’s a sad fact that in Britain today only 6% of the engineering workforce is female, but there are fantastic opportunities for our young people as the UK needs to double the number of recruits into engineering to meet demand.

‘Girl Power’ takes on a whole new meaning
— Mrs Noble

“Here at Albany Academy, we have a great track record of success in technology and science subjects, and this event was an excellent introduction to the opportunities for girls’ engineering. ‘Girl Power’ takes on a whole new meaning.”