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Explore Engineering

Brunel's SS Great Britain

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Tuesday 19 June 2018

6.30pm - 8.30pm (Drop-in)

Free to attend

Join us for an exclusive hands-on science and engineering event at Brunel’s SS Great Britain to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day. Meet inspiring scientists and engineers, take part in activities and explore the amazing opportunities available in these exciting industries.

Attendees can drop-in at any time between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. 


This event is part of the Deeds Not Words programme marking 100 years since the first women were given the vote in the UK. As part of this, we are celebrating and supporting the role of women in science and engineering as currently less than 10% of professional engineers and fewer than 15% of engineering students in Britain are women.

‘Explore Engineering’ is an opportunity for secondary school students and their families to  join us for an exclusive evening of hands-on activities here on the SS Great Britain, in our new museum Being Brunel and on the dockside.

In particular we hope young women will come along and find out more about science, engineering, technology and maths (STEM) and hear real-life examples of how these careers work in practice. For example, there will be the chance to meet our new Ship’s Conservation Engineer, Nicola Grahamslaw, a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and representatives from the University of Bristol. 

The SS Great Britain Trust’s STEM education work engages with young people of all ages to inspire them with science and engineering and help widen the pool of young people joining these professions.

This event takes place on the 19 June in the run-up to International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June.