‘E’ for Engineering

The E in STEM stands for engineering, but how many students know what engineering is? If you ask secondary school age students what an engineer is, they will tell you it’s a car mechanic or heating engineer, and usually male. Whilst these are sectors of engineering, they are a very narrow section of careers available in the industry. The Institute of Physics found in a survey that students and parents alike imagine an engineer to wear overalls and wield spanners, where as the reality is very different. Students don’t recognise engineering as it isn’t a curriculum subject in schools. The website whatisengineering.com states that “Engineering combines the fields of science and maths to solve r

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